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   View Categories Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Geographic - All Periods| > |Italy| > GI81165
Brettian League, Bruttium, Italy, c. 216 - 203 B.C., Allies of Hannibal
|Italy|, |Brettian| |League,| |Bruttium,| |Italy,| |c.| |216| |-| |203| |B.C.,| |Allies| |of| |Hannibal|, All coinage of the Brettii was issued during the Second Punic War when they allied with Hannibal. The Brettii joined Hannibal after his victory at Cannae. Hannibal's last base in Italy was Castra Hannibalis, in Bruttium. The ravages of war inflicted a severe blow to the prosperity of Bruttium. Roman punishment for their rebellion completed their humiliation. They lost most of their territory and the whole nation reduced to a state bordering on servitude. They were not admitted like the other nations of Italy to rank as allies but were pronounced incapable of military service, and were only employed by Rome for menial work.
GI81165. Bronze didrachm, Scheu Bronze 8; SNG ANS 41; SNG Cop 1653; HN Italy 1977; HGC I 1361 (R1); BMC Italy p. 325, 57 var. (controls), gVF, nice green patina, Kroton (Crotone, Calabria, Italy) mint, weight 15.481g, maximum diameter 26.4mm, die axis 270o, 4th coinage, c. 214 - 211 B.C.; obverse head of Ares left, wearing crested Corinthian helmet decorated with griffin leaping left, no symbol; reverse Nike sanding left, crowning trophy of captured arms with right hand, palm frond in left hand, hook (control symbol) in center, BPETTIΩN downward on right; rare; SOLD











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