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    Medallic Thurium Distater

    LUCANIA. Thurium. Ca. 350-300 BC. AR distater (26mm, 15.68 gm, 11h). NGC MS ★ 5/5 - 4/5. Head of Athena right, wearing crested Attic helmet decorated with Scylla hurling stone, B behind / ΘΟΥΡΙΩΝ HPA in two lines above bull charging right, head lowered, fish swimming right in exergue. Noe, Thurian N6 (same dies). HN Italy 1858. Jameson 386 (same dies). De Luynes 583 (same dies). Deeply struck and perfectly centered on a broad, medallic flan, and struck from dies of surpassingly serene style; far above the examples of this attractive type usually encountered.

    Thurium was the last Greek city founded on the Italian peninsula, rising on the "instep" nearby the ruins of Sybaris a few years after that city's final destruction by Croton in 475 BC. Survivors from Sybaris tried to reoccupy the site in the late 450s BC, but were unsuccessful until additional settlers arrived from Athens and the rest of mainland Greece circa 445 BC. The colonists soon chose to relocate a short distance away to the site of a spring called Thurii, which provided the new city with its name. Under the protection of Athens, the new city grew quickly in affluence and influence, its mint commencing production soon after 443 BC, its coins depicting Athena on the obverse and a bull (the symbol of Sybaris, recalling the city's origins) on the reverse.


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