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Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Geographic - All Periods| > |Italy| > SH77458
Thourioi, Lucania, Italy, c. 400 - 350 B.C.
The head of Athena is probably that of the sea-goddess Athena Skyletria. The bull may be a symbol of Dionysos or may have been derived from the archaic coins of Sybaris and symbolize the river Krathis. A more romantic view is that the butting bull symbolizes the rushing waters of the fountain Thuria from which the city took its name. This denomination is described as a stater, nomos or didrachm in various references and sales listings.
SH77458. Silver nomos, SNG MŁnchen 1192 (same dies), SNG Oxford 932, SNG Cop 1439, SNG ANS 992, HN Italy 1799, VF, well centered on a tight flan, fine classical style, light iridescent toning, light marks and scratches, Thourioi (near Sibari, Cosenza, Calabria, Italy) mint, weight 7.771g, maximum diameter 20.5mm, c. 400 - 350 B.C.; obverse head of Athena right, wearing Attic helmet ornamented with Scylla scanning, using left hand to shade her eyes; reverse ΘOYPIΩN, bull butting right, right foreleg raised, double exergue line, the top line solid, the bottom line dotted, fish right in exergue; ex Gorny & Mosch auction 233 (6 Oct 2015), lot 1101; SOLD

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