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    Etruscan Gold, Silver

    ETRURIA. Populonia. Ca. 300-250 BC. AV 25 asses (12mm, 1.37 gm) NGC AU 5/5-3/5. Beardless male head (Apulu, Etruscan Apollo?) right, wearing neck band, XXV behind / Blank, smooth surface. Vecchi. SNR 67, 1988, 53-4. HN Italy 132. Struck in high relief on a broad flan.


    This rare gold issue of the Etruscan city of Populonia, and the silver one following, feature an idealized male head, possibly representing the Etruscan deity Apulu, a local version of the Greek Apollo. Apulu was widely worshiped in pre-Roman Italy and may have lent his name to the region of Apulia on the heel of Italy. Unlike other coinages of the Hellenistic period, Populonian coins are regularly uniface, and it seems that the flans were laid out on a stone or other solid flat surface and then struck by a single die to create the type.


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