I am glad that 'just before 530' is the recognized dating for the MG incuse
coinage, by scholars. NK Rutter
uses the 550 for Sybaris, and 540 for Metapontum
in his Historia Numorum Italy
. But, relative means of dating get refined and I am especially not familiar with scholarship outside of English. My familiarity with articles, even in English, is spotty. Books, I am better, but most are for particular mints, and therefore, quite dated.
I just threw out Corinth
, there is hoard
of early Sybaris, and Corinthian with the incuse
stamp in Magna Graecia
, and I wasn't sure when the double relief started, for Corinth
or anywhere else for that matter.
, somewhere between 525 and 506 BC, begins double relief coinage. It is interesting to me, because I feel that technology evolves with the path of least resistance, and that double relief is the natural successor in coinage from the reverse incuse
stamp coins (which come roughly after incuse
punch). The incuse types
of the Magna Graecia
coins are a bad design (imo) because the clashing of the dies through the thin metal flan
wear out the dies. Therefore, I am not sure the incuse
would have been introduced after the double relief coinage was introduced. The incuse types
of MG are very interesting, but as far as the evolution of technology it seems to me they are a dead-end.
Looking at the dates for the Athenian double relief coinage, it seems like the question is whether the owls come from the era of Peisistratos and his
sons, Hipparchus and Hippias, or shortly after.