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Luceria, Apulia, Italy, c. 211 - 200 B.C.
In 321 B.C., the Romans, deceived into thinking Lucera was under siege by the Samnites, walked into an ambush and were defeated. The town threw out the Samnites, sought Roman protection, and in 320 B.C. was granted the status of Colonia Togata, which meant it was ruled by the Roman Senate. To strengthen ties, 2,500 Romans moved to Lucera. Roman culture merged with the native one slowly, probably accompanied by cross-cultural marriages, but Lucera was a steadfast supporter of Rome. By the 2nd century B.C., the rustic town was transformed into a proper Roman city with houses, public buildings, paved roads, sidewalks and services for travelers, accommodation for livestock with running water, and warehouses for storing goods.
GB86125. Bronze uncia
, SNG ANS
709; SNG Cop
663; SNG BnF
1368; SNG MŁnchen
504; HN Italy
682; BMC Italy
p. 141, 62; Hunterian
-, VF, rough, Luceria mint, weight
4.084g, maximum diameter
14.9mm, die axis
, c. 211 - 200 B.C.; obverse
right, bow and quiver at shoulder, pellet behind; reverse
LOVC-ERI, toad seen from above; very rare
Catalog current as of Wednesday, March 20, 2019.
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