Didrachm issued by Neapolis, Campania, Italy, Ancient Greek States, circa 250 BC
Minted by Neapolis
Head of water-nymph facing right wearing a diadem, earring and necklace
Man headed bull walking to right, head facing. Nike flying right above the bull is crowning it with a wreath. Below the bull in the exergue wear has removed most letters of the word NEOPOLITES
Dated to or just before the First Punic War (264-241 BC). 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), 15 Mar 1976
circa 250 BC
Neapolis, Campania, Italy, Ancient Greek States, circa 250 BC
Originally catalogued by Eugene von Guerard as being from Nola - identified as the same type but with the reverse exergue legend NOLAION - under a microscope you can reads LIT from NEOPOLITES (all letters in Greek but these cannot be used here yet). Catalogue Vol.1 p. 6. See also NU 2007
Type of item
20 mm (Outside Diameter), 6.749 g (Weight)
BMC. Italy p. 96 No.230 SNG. ANS Part 1 nos. 293 etc. (see No. 550 etc. for the Nola type identified by von Guerard)
[Book] Poole, Reginald S. 1873. A Catalogue of the Greek Coins in the British Museum, Italy., 96 Pages
[Book] Crawford, Michael H. 1985. Coinage & Money under the Roman Republic., 34-35 Pages
[Catalogue] Pullin, Ruth. 2011. Nature Revealed: Eugene von Guerard.