Meepzorp's Ancient Coins


Greek Italy


Campania


Suessa Aurunca, Part 1


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Campania, Suessa Aurunca, 313-268 BC, AR didrachm, 22 mm, 7.26g
laureate head of Apollo, long hair, lyre/
SVESANO, Dioscuro riding horse, wearing pileus, holding
filleted palm branch, leading second horse
SNG ANS 594, HN Italy 447, Very Rare (R2)
beautiful style, choice
Posted November 2018







Campania, Suessa Aurunca, ca. 265-240 BC, AR didrachm, 21 mm, 7.10g
laureate head of Apollo, long hair, bow/
SVESANO, Dioscouros riding horse, leading second
horse, carrying filleted palm branch
SNG ANS 594-597 var., HN Italy 447, Very Rare (R2)
Posted November 2015








Campania, Suessa Aurunca, 313-268 BC, AE, 7.0g
ΓRBOVM, head of Hermes wearing petasus/
SVESANO, Heracles fighting lion, club
SNG ANS 599-603, SNG Cop. 582,
Rare (R1 or R2)
Posted November 2015







Campania, Suessa Aurunca, 270-240 BC, AE 21, 5.74g
[SVESANO](?),
laureate head of Apollo, thunderbolt/
[SVESANO](?),
man-faced bull walking, Nike flying above, crowning bull, die
break(?) (or flan defect or striking defect?) below bull
SNG ANS ---, MSP (Molinari) I, 419-420,
Sambon 877, Rare (R1 or R2)
Posted November 2018


Note #1: The dealer mis-attributed this coin as Campania, Neapolis.

Note #2: There is a die break (?) (or flan defect or striking defect?) on the reverse
of this specimen. This creates the illusion that an animal is below the bull.







Campania, Suessa Aurunca(?) (or Neapolis?), attribution uncertain,
ca. 275-250 BC, AE 20, 6.50g
[SVESANO](?),
laureate head of Apollo, K (rotated 90 degrees) (or M?)/
man-faced bull walking, crowned by Nike flying above, nothing
(or M?) below bull, [SVESANO](?) in exergue
SNG ANS --- (Suessa Aurunca or Neapolis),
MSP (Molinari) I, 421-422 var. (Suessa Aurunca)
or 355-358 var. (Neapolis),
Extremely Rare (R3), unique(?), unpublished(?)
Posted November 2018


Note #1: This example has a symbol on the obverse, at right. It appears to be a letter K
rotated 90 degrees counter-clockwise. There is a remote possibility that it is a letter
M, but it is much more probable that it is a letter K rotated 90 degrees. After
consulting with Nick Molinari, it was determined that this specimen is a previously
unknown and unpublished variety for the K series of this issue.

Note #2: The dealer attributed this coin as Campania, Neapolis. However, I think it is a Suessa Aurunca
issue. I feel this way for several reasons. First, the style of the coin more closely resembles that
of Suessa Aurunca coins, not Neapolis. Second, if it was a Neapolis coin, some of the obverse
legend (ethnic) should be visible. In particular, the last one or two letters of the legend (...ΩN)
should be visible near Apollo's forehead. They are not. In fact, this specimen may not have any
obverse legend (ethnic) at all. This is consistent with Suessa Aurunca coins. Third, most Neapolis
issues have an IΣ symbol below the bull on the reverse. This example has nothing or a letter M
below the bull. This is also consistent with Suessa Aurunca issues. Fourth, this specimen appears
to have letters (an ethnic?) in exergue on the reverse. Unfortunately, these letters are 95-98%
off the flan, rendering them unreadable. Neapolis issues usually have nothing or some sort of
monogram or ligature in exergue on the reverse. The fact that this specimen appears to have an
ethnic (SVESANO?) in exergue on the reverse is also consistent with Suessa Aurunca issues.
There is no "smoking gun", but all of the circumstantial evidence points to Suessa Aurunca.
Therefore, for these reasons, I attributed this example as Suessa Aurunca. If there wasn't such
an over-abundance of circumstantial evidence, the proper thing to do in these types of
situations is to attribute the coin to the default mint or major mint (Neapolis).