Lucania, Metapontion, AR Nomos, Demeter, struck c. 330-290 BC
City/Region:
Lucania, Metapontion
Denomination:
AR Nomos
Composition:
Silver
Date:
circa 330 -290 BC
Obverse:
Head of Demeter, right, wreathed, wearing earring; below chin, ΔAI
Reverse:
META, Eight-grained barley-ear; leaf to right; above leaf, plow; below leaf, MA[X]
Size:
21.85mm, 7.88g, 5h
Grade:
gVF, toned, area of flat strike
Provenance:
ex Classical Numismatic Group eAuction 412 (17 January 2018), Lot 11
References:
Noe-Johnston Class C, 1.2 = Jameson 316 (same dies); HN Italy 1581; SNG Copenhagen 1227 (but no letters on obv.); SNG ANS 481; SNG Gale -; BMC Italy -; SGCV I -

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A fine portrait to rival any of those found on Syracusan tetradrachms

Metapontion was an Ancient Greek city on the Gulf of Tarentum, in modern day Italy. In antiquity it produced some of the most beautiful of ancient Greek coins. It is thought that Pythagoras fleed to Metapontion where he spent the rest of his days.