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Stater coin from Heraclia (fig 2203)

Stater coin from Heraclia (fig 2203)

D/ ATHANAS; head of Athena with crested helmet, on which there is a depiction of Scylla throwing a rock with her left hand; R/ HERAKLEION; Hercules stands naked, with his lionskin on his head, fighting the lion Nemeus; in the background on the left is the god’s club and bow. The mint of Heraclia (we lack information as to when it began issuing coins) is constantly identified by the types of Athena and Hercules, the hero of the city; the weight is that of the “nomos italiotikos", in other words the foot-pound of 7.76 grams which, from the mid-fifth century BC onwards, characterised the issues of the Italiot cities. Silver coinage is recorded from the arrival of Pyrrus: in this phase, the standard issue underwent a reduction in weight which was a prelude to its complete termination shortly afterwards.

Further information
Codici (Label is not translated)
  Ente_competente: Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici delle Province di Napoli e Caserta
  Definizione: Stater
  Class and ware: Coins
Localizzazione_geografico-amministrativa (Label is not translated)
  PVCS: Italia
  regione: CAMPANIA
  provincia: Napoli
  comune: Napoli
  Name: Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli
  Indirizzo: Piazza Museo, 19
  Location: Not on display
Dati_patrimoniali (Label is not translated)
  Inventory number: Fg 2203
Definizione_culturale (Label is not translated)
  Author: Mint of Heraclia
Dati_tecnici (Label is not translated)
  Diameter: 23
  Weight: 7.75
Dati_analitici (Label is not translated)
  Inscriptions - language: Greek
  Inscriptions - text:

Condizione_giuridica_e_vincoli (Label is not translated)
  CDGG: proprietà Stato
Fonti_e_documenti_di_riferimento (Label is not translated)

Work 1940, n. 26, p. 25; Collezioni Museo 1989, I, 2, n. 40, p. 186; van Keuren 1994; Le arti di Efesto 2002, n. 110, p. 280.