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Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Geographic - All Periods| > |Italy| > SH21933
Metapontion, Lucania, Italy, c. 340 - 330 B.C.
Certificate of Authenticity issued by David R. Sear.

Gold coins of Magna Graecia are scarce and were only minted for exceptional occasions, such as paying mercenaries. Most likely this rare issue was struck when Alexander Molossus, the Epirote King, helped Metapontion against the Lucanians and Bruttians. Molossus was Alexander the Great's uncle and Olympia's brother.
SH21933. Gold 1/3 stater, SNG Lockett 406; SNG ANS 395; HN Italy 1578; Noe-Johnston 3, G1 and pl. 18; SNG Lloyd -; SNG Cop -; Jameson -; Gulbenkian -; Pozzi -; Weber -, aVF+, Metapontion (Metaponto, Italy) mint, weight 2.574g, maximum diameter 13.6mm, die axis 180o, c. 330 B.C.; obverse head of Demeter right; reverse METAΠON, barley stalk, dove on leaf to right; ex Cristies (1993); rare; SOLD











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