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    Metapontion. Ca. 280-279 BC. AV 1/3 stater (2.79 gm). Bearded head of Leukippos right, wearing crested Corinthian helmet decorated with Skylla hurling a stone / [M]-E, two barley ears, each with leaf; between, ΣI. Johnston class G, 5. SNG ANS 397. HN Italy 1630. Rare. Extremely fine.

    Ex Early American History Auctions (10 November 2007), 1200. Triton V (16 January 2002), 1107.

    Struck during Pyrrhos' expedition in Italy and Sicily, this coin carries an artful rendering of Leukippos, the founder of Metapontion, and two grain ears. Leukippos was said to have obtained the territory around Metapontion for Greek settlers by defrauding the native Lucanians, and the grain ear had served as a badge of the agriculturally rich city since the archaic period.
    From The BVH Collection.


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    January, 2011
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