POPULONIA SILVER 20 ASSES – SPECIMEN PEDIGREED TO J. HIRSCH 1911 AND TWICE PUBLISHED BY VECCHI – CHOICE VF GREEK ETRURIA COIN (Inv. 11918)
ETRURIA. POPULONIA. Ca. 3rd CENTURY BC.
Silver AR 20 Asses, 8.42 g., 20 mm.
Obv. Facing head of Metus (Medusa), X:X, the mark of value, below.
Rev. Blank, as struck.
Published: Vecchi, Etruscan Coinage, Group XII, Series 47, no. 47.137 (O13/R17) = Vecchi, “The Coinage of the Rasna” part II, 30.1 (this coin, weight listed as 8.57 g and illustrated in an old cast image); HN Italy 152; SNG France 9 = SNG Delepierre 105 (same die); Boston MFA 1 (same die)
Provenance: Ex Renfrew Collection, acquired at J. Hirsch 30 (1911), lot 9 (there listed as Barron collection). EC gives further provenance information since that time. A Baldwin’s ticket accompanies the coin, providing additional information that the coin was purchased in Paris and sold by A H Baldwin & Sons Ltd, 23 December 1955.
NGC graded CHOICE VF, Strike 4/5, Surface 4/5, the pedigree and publication data noted on holder.