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"The coins of Thurii are of great beauty; [they give] us a higher idea of the opulence and prosperity of the city than we should gather from the statements of ancient writers."

William Smith, A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography (1873)
Thurium silver stater
£5,100
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"The coins of Thurii are of great beauty; [they give] us a higher idea of the opulence and prosperity of the city than we should gather from the statements of ancient writers."

William Smith, A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography (1873)
Thurium silver stater
£5,100
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Thurium silver stater

Circa 443-400 BC

The obverse with an arresting portrait of the goddess Athena, wearing an Attic helmet decorated with a laurel wreath and horsehair crest. The reverse with a large charging bull and swimming tuna fish. The inscription reads:

ΘOYPIΩN

"Of the Thurians".

A beautiful example of Classical Greek coinage from the affluent Athenian colony of Thurium (Thourioi), South Italy, displaying a strikingly powerful and energetic iconography.

Weight: 7.90 g

Diameter: 21.40 mm

Provenance:

Bank Leu, Auction 54, 28 April 1992, lot 12.

£5,100

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