ambr0zie Posted January 6 · Member Share Posted January 6 (edited) As some colleagues have noticed, I like buying various coins with mythologic scenes. Condition is not the dominant factor - although I try to avoid coins that are too worn (this is a subjective point of view and might differ) and, especially, coins where attribution becomes impossible. If the price doesn't break the bank, well, this is another major plus. I bought this coin in July 2021 and was very pleased with the overall look, the mythologic motif AND the price. Almost nobody liked this coin and I consider the 12 euros + fees money well spent 🙂 The house described it just as Calabria, Tarentum. Diobol AR. 10 mm, 0,90 g So when I attributed it I considered it is similar to https://www.acsearch.info/search.html?id=2934807 Apulia, Tarentum, c. 380-325 BC. AR Diobol (10mm, 0.75g, 3h). Head of Athena r., wearing crested helmet decorated with hippocamp. R/ Herakles kneeling r., holding club, fighting the Nemean Lion. Vlasto 1303-6; HNItaly 911. All good, as checked the similarities are clear, same design, hippocamp on the helmet, case closed. I posted it on Cointalk on some discussions back then and didn't pay much attention to it (as in - never doubted the attribution). I recently received a notification that somebody quoted one of my CT posts... specifying that my coin is from Lucania, Heraklea. So I decided to investigate a little more and found an identical design from Lucania indeed. I was aware of those but I didn't consider Lucania correct, basing mainly on the initial attribution from the house. Now my problem was - how to distinguish the Heraklea coins from Tarentum coins?! I started comparing the types, hoping to see some minor difference in design or anything to clarify. My coin is worn and this didn't help at all. In the end I think I found the difference. Here is an Acsearch query https://www.acsearch.info/search.html?term=1360+lucania+diobol&category=1-2&lot=&date_from=&date_to=&thesaurus=1&images=1&en=1&de=1&fr=1&it=1&es=1&ot=1¤cy=usd&order=0 and a relevant coin Apparently attribution is based on the reverse legend and the gentleman from CT noticed this very well (the letters are slightly better visible in hand) Correct attribution is Lucania, Herakleia. 432-420 BC. Athena with Attic helmet to right, ornamented with Hippocamp / HE, Herakles kneeling right, wrestling the Nemean lion. Van Keuren 38; SNG ANS 35; HN Italy 1360. I am always glad when I manage to clarify an attribution and correct it. And I always like to make sure my attributions are right! Please post - coins with identical (or extremely similar) designs where you corrected the attribution - Magna Graecia coins - anything you feel relevant Edited January 6 by ambr0zie 11 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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