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Ancient Greek Silver Stater Lucania Metapontion c340-330 BC


Product Code:RNC106

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Heading: Ancient Greek silver stater – c340-330 BC

Denomination: Silver stater

Period: Ancient Metapontion period IV

Date: 340-330 BC

Origin: Metapontion mint

Condition: VF. pleasantly toned

Obverse: Bearded head of Leukippos to right wearing Corinthian helmet. head of lion (or dog) facing right. behind; monogram below chin

Reverse: Head of cereal (wheat) with leaf to left. club above and AMI (faint [for magistrate]) below leaf. META upwards to right

Size and Weight: 21mm. 7.7g

References: S 415 var

Features and Provenance: Metapontion, where this Greek silver stater was minted, was an ancient Greek colony on the south coast of Italy. In its heyday it was extremely prosperous; its fertile soils helped to produced bountiful harvests. so much so that it depicted wheat on its coins. It is recorded that Metaponians sent a ‘golden harvest’ to the temple at Delphi and this may have actually been a sheaf of wheat made of gold.

Leukippos was the legendary founder of the city.

Condition Summary. This varies with the age of coin and there are grades between

Uncirculated (U). As struck with no traces of wear

Extremely Fine (EF). Very slight traces of wear. all parts of legend etc present. visible and clear

Very Fine (VF). Some signs of wear on the higher parts of the relief. all parts of legend etc present. but maybe worn

Fine (F). Wear on the coin and parts of legend etc may be missing or not visible


Additional information

Weight50 g


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