ANCIENT GREEK COINS
(Spain & Italy)


1907 Thomas Virzi Provenance


HISPANIA APULIA BRUTTIUM CALABRIA CAMPANIA
FRENTANI LUCANIA SAMNIUM UMBRIUM UNCERTAIN


SPAIN (HISPANIA)

9401. SPAIN, CASTULO, 1st c. BC. AE Semis, Burgos 898. Male hd r./Bull, Iberian & Latin legends. VF.

$350.



11144. HISPANIA, CASTULO, Late 3rd century BC. AE (28mm, 14.09 g, 12h). Diademed male head right / Sphinx standing right, raising forepaw; star above paw. CNH 7; SNG BM Spain 1230-1. EF, dark brown patina, light porosity. An especially sharp example.

$650.



ITALY - APULIA


BRUTTIUM

6474. BRUTTIUM, THE BRETTII. AE18. Hd. Demeter l./Zeus in quadriga l. EF. Choice sharp example with fine forest green patina. One of the finest known.

$1450.



7877. ITALY, BRUTTIUM, LOKRI EPIZEPHYROI, c. 300-268 BC. AE24 Obol. Laur. hd. Zeus r./Winged thunderbolt. EF+. Choice example with extremely sharp strike. A gem and one of the finest known.

$850.



6477. BRUTTIUM, NUCERIA, 350-270 BC. AE21, Sear 675. Laur. hd. Apollo r./Horse stg. l., pentagram between legs. EF. Choice example.

$450.



3848. BRUTTIUM, RHEGION, before 387 BC. AE17, Copenhagen 1939. Lion mask facing/Olive spray, R.E. between the two leaves. VF. Very rare. Choice example considerably superior to the Copenhagen plate coin. Provenance: The Thomas Virzi collection, 1907.

$350.



CALABRIA


CAMPANIA


FRENTANI


LUCANIA

8899. LUCANIA, METAPONTUM, 350-300 BC. AR Nomos, Sear 415. Hd. Leucippus r./Barley ear. AEF.

The head of the hero Leukippos on this coin is particularly elegant. He was a mythical king of Messene whom the Metapontines claimed as the founder of their city. His appearance on the coins almost certainly serves as an allusion to the help given to Metapontum by Alexander the Molossian, another king from across the sea. The mythological hero Leukippos (his name means owner of a white horse, i.e., a wealthy man) was particularly popular in Metapontum, appearing on the obverse of many of the city's nomoi, or staters, starting c. 350 BC. This helmeted and bearded head also served as a prototype for Rome's early didrachms with a similar head of Mars. Commentary courtesy CNG.

$2500.



8903. LUCANIA, METAPONTUM, 330-300 BC. AR Nomos, Sear 416v. Hd. Demeter l. of fine style/Barley ear, griffin to the left. AEF.

$650.



8904. LUCANIA, METAPONTUM, 330-300 BC. AR Nomos, Sear 416v. Hd. Demeter l. of fine style/Barley ear. AEF.

$650.



8905. LUCANIA, METAPONTUM, 330-300 BC. AR Nomos, Sear 416v. Hd. Demeter l. of fine style/Barley ear. AEF.

$350.



8531. LUCANIA, THOURIOI = THURIUM, 3rd century BC. AE17, SNG Copenhagen 1514v. Head of Demeter wreathed with corn, ethnic behind/Bull charging l. EF. Choice example with superb patina. Probably one of the finest known. Rare.

$250.



8185. LUCANIA, THURIOI. AE14. Hd Apollo r./QOU, free horse r, AS before. VF. Scarce.

$250.



SAMNIUM


UMBRIUM


UNCERTAIN MINTS