METAPONTUM ( METAPONTION ) GOLD TETROBOL – LEUKIPPOS AND BARLEY TYPE STRUCK FOR PYRRHOS OF EPEIROS – CHOICE MINT STATE FINE STYLE NGC GRADED GREEK LUCANIA COIN (Inv. 12954)
LUCANIA. METAPONTUM (METAPONTION). Ca. 280-279 BC.
Gold Tetrobol, 2.81 g., 14 mm., struck on the Attic standard for Pyrrhos of Epeiros during his military expedition in Italy and Sicily.
Obv. [ΛEYKIΠΠOΣ above], helmeted and bearded head of Leukippos right, wearing crested Corinthian helmet decorated with Scylla.
Obv. Two barley ears, M-E across field, ΣI between.
Johnston Class G, 5.1; HN Italy 1630; SNG ANS 397-8; SNG Lloyd -; Basel 153; SNG Copenhagen Supp. 43; SNG Lockett 404; Jameson 1867; Gulbenkian 72.
NGC graded CHOICE MINT STATE, Strike 5/5, Surface 4/5, FINE STYLE, a miniature masterwork of Greek art.
NGC census indicates this the the third best graded so far, below one in Gem MS and another in Ch MS star.