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Lot 8

Estimate: 3'500 CHF   |   Starting price: 3'500 CHF Price realized: 2'800 CHF
LUCANIA. THOURIOI. Dinomos, about 370-350 BC. AR 15.72 g. Head of Athena r., wearing crested Attic helmet with neck-guard, pendant earring and necklace; on bowl of helmet, Scylla r., throwing stone; behind neck-guard, A Rev. ΘOYPIΩN Bull butting r., above, ΣI, in exergue, fish r. Noe, Th. 63, K14 (these dies); SNG Lockett 493.
Good style. Extremely fine with lovely patina
In 446 BC, with the aid of Athens, the refugee population of the destroyed city of Sybaris returned to the location of their previous home, and founded a new city, giving it the name Thourioi. The new city quickly regained the prosperity enjoyed by its former incarnation, as evidenced by the extensive series of coins it issued over the following two centuries. Good relations with Tarentum were probably responsible for the weakening of Thourioi's historical connection to Athens, and it turned to Sparta during the Peloponnesian War. Although supported by Tarentum, the city suffered at the hands of the Lucanians and Brettians during the 4th century BC. In need of a more robust ally, the Thourians turned to Rome in 285 BC. Unlike many cities in southern Italy, Thourioi's support of Rome was steadfast during both the time of Pyrrhos and Hannibal's invasion, even though the Thourians suffered heavily at the hands of the latter. The coinage of Thourioi was diverse in both its denominations and metals. The primary types were the head of Athena, probably due to the city's initial close relationship with Athens, and a standing or butting bull, which had been the civic type on the coins of Sybaris.

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