circa 330 -290 BC
Head of Demeter, right, wreathed, wearing earring; below chin, ΔAI
META, Eight-grained barley-ear; leaf to right; above leaf, plow; below leaf, MA[X]
21.85mm, 7.88g, 5h
gVF, toned, area of flat strike
ex Classical Numismatic Group eAuction 412 (17 January 2018), Lot 11
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.