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Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Geographic - All Periods| > |Italy| > GB66648
Arpi, Apulia, Italy, c. 325 - 275 B.C.
Arpi was located 20 miles inland, 5 miles north of modern Foggia. Its territory extended to the sea, and Strabo says that from the extent of the city walls one could gather that it had once been one of the greatest cities of Italy. Legend attributed its foundation to Diomedes. The figure of a horse, which appears on its coins, shows the importance of horse-breeding in the district. As a protection against the Samnites, Arpi became an ally of Rome. In the war with Pyrrhus, the Arpi aided Rome with a contingent of 4000 infantrymen and 400 cavalrymen. Arpi remained faithful to Rome until Rome's defeat at the battle of Cannae. The consul Quintus Fabius Maximus captured it in 213 B.C. and it never recovered its former importance. No Roman inscriptions have been found there, and remains of antiquity are scanty.
GB66648. Bronze AE 16, SNG Cop 611, HN Italy 644, SNG ANS -, BMC Italy -, F, soft strike, Arpi (near Foggia, Italy) mint, weight 2.563g, maximum diameter 16.4mm, die axis 270o, c. 325 - 275 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Zeus left; reverse horse prancing right, with reins, without rider, star above, (ΠA monogram) below; very rare; $30.00

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