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Lot 4006

Lucania, Metapontum / Metapontion. Silver Stater (8.2g) struck ca. 540-510 BC. MET. Barley-ear with bracts at base; dotted border. Reverse: Incuse barley-ear. Noe Class I, 12; HN Italy 1459. An exceptional example, lightly toned. Extremely Fine.

This is an outstanding example of the curious incuse or 'mirror' technique that is typical of the archaic phase of coinage in this region of southern Italy. This required the two dies to be precisely adjusted to work in the same axis, a practice that is found nowhere else in the Greek world and was abandoned early in the fifth century BC. Metapontion's constant coin type is an ear of barley, a tribute to the source of the city's wealth.
Estimated Value $3,000 - 4,000.
The Hunter Collection.

Realized $2,990

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