E-Auction 45 Lot 30

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Rare archaic incuse
E-Auction 45 Lot 30

LUCANIA. Metapontion. Circa 540-510 B.C. AR nomos. 6.7 gm. 27 mm. Ear of barley with eight grains; METAΠ downwards to left / Incuse ear of barley with seven grains in the center, eight grains on left, and nine grains on right. HN Italy 1481. Noe Class VII, 136 (same dies). SNG ANS 218. Very Fine; toned; slightly granular surfaces; small scuff near edge at 3' obverse. Rare.

Acquired from Elwood Rafn. Ex Frank Kovacs.

A pleasing example of the archaic incuse coinage of Metapontion, which promoted the territory's rich grain yields. Though difficult to produce, incuse coinage was prominent among several cities of Magna Graecia in the fifth century B.C.

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