Lucania, Velia, AR Nomos, c. 300-280 BC
City/Region:
Lucania, Velia
Denomination:
AR Nomos
Composition:
Silver
Date:
circa 300-280 BC
Obverse:
Head of Athena right, wearing crested Attic helmet decorated with olive wreath on bowl
Reverse:
ΥΕΛΗΤΩΝ, lion prowling right; below, N; in exergue, thyrsos right
Size:
21.32mm, 7.5g, 10h
Grade:
gVF, lightly toned, slight golden tint, light bumps and scrapes
Rarity:
very rare, less than 5 examples in online auction archives
Provenance:
ex Dr. Busso Peus Nachf Auction 420 ( 1 November 2017), Lot 1018; ex Münzen & Medaillen GmbH (DE) Auction 30 (28 May 2009), Lot 875; ex Gorny & Mosch Giessener Münzhandlung Auction 58 (1992), Lot 40
References:
Williams Velia 390 (same dies); SNG Copenhagen 1571 (same dies); SNG Gale 909 (same dies); SNG ANS 1351 (same dies); BMC Italy [Velia] p. 310, 66-67; HN Italy 1300; SNG Soutzos -; SGCV I -

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Velia was an ancient city on the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Founded by the Greeks in the 6th century BC, the city is most famous for the philosophers Parmenides and Zeno of Elea, who lived there.