Nomos of Metapontion with female head

Classical Period
about 400–340 B.C.

Mint: Lucania, Metapontion


Diameter: 20.5 mm. Weight: 7.56 gm. Die axis: 1

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Obverse: Female head to right, hair bound with sphendone, wearing necklace and earring.
At left: inscription in Greek (signature )
Reverse: Seven-grained barley ear, with leaf at right.
Inscriptions in Greek above leaf and at left.


By date unknown: Collection Antikenmuseum Basel und Sammlung Ludwig; by 1998: with Numismatica Ars Classica AG, Niederdorfstrasse 43, CH-8025 Zurich, Switzerland (Auction 13 [Collection Antikenmuseum Basel und Sammlung Ludwig], Hotel Baur au Lac, 8022 Zurich, October 8, 1998, lot 144); by 1999: with Classical Numismatic Group, Inc., P.O. Box 479, Lancaster, Pa. 17608 (Auction 50, Mail Bid Sale, June 23, 1999, lot 428); purchased at Auction 50 on behalf of MFA by Classical Numismatic Group, Inc.; purchased by MFA from Classical Numismatic Group Inc, September 15, 1999

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour