Coin issued by Neapolis, Campania, Italy, Ancient Greek States, circa 250 BC
Minted by Neapolis
Head of Apollo laureate facing right, back of hair in formal curl.
Forepart of man-headed bull swimming right, no legend
Dated to or just before the First Punic War (264-241 BC). Crawford reports that six different types of copper coins were in simulatneous production, this was the smallest denomination. The man-headed bull on the reverse was a river-god called Achelous who appeared as a suitor to a mortal in a myth in the form of a bull.
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), Dr William Howat, 15 Mar 1976
circa 250 BC
Type of item
15 mm (Outside Diameter), 2.868 g (Weight)
cf. BMC. Italy page112 No.185
[Book] Poole, Reginald S. 1873. A Catalogue of the Greek Coins in the British Museum, Italy., 112 Pages
[Book] Crawford, Michael H. 1985. Coinage & Money under the Roman Republic., 34-35 Pages