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   View Categories Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Geographic - All Periods| > |Italy| > SH21151
Sybaris, Lucania, Italy, c. 560 - 510 B.C.
|Italy|, |Sybaris,| |Lucania,| |Italy,| |c.| |560| |-| |510| |B.C.|, The origin of this unusual design is difficult to pinpoint (Rutter 1997). It served no practical purpose in facilitating the stacking of coins, since even with matching images in relief and negative, irregularities would have hindered this method of storage. It has been suggested that Pythagoras, who lived in all three of the cities that pioneered incuse coins and died in Metapontum itself, introduced the technique in an attempt to realize in concrete form a confrontation of opposites that was characteristic of the Pythagorean system of thought. Despite the poetic appeal of this suggestion, it seems highly unlikely, considering that the incuse technique appears to have been adopted about twenty years before Pythagoras made it to southern Italy.
SH21151. Silver nomos, SNG ANS 839, aVF, broken, obv rough, Sybaris mint, weight 6.721g, maximum diameter 28.2mm, die axis 0o, c. 550 - 510 B.C.; obverse bull standing left, head turned right, YM above, dotted border between two circles; reverse incuse of obverse (but no legend); toned, chip at 12:00 (two small pieces not in the picture are included with the lot); SOLD











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