LUCANIA, Thurium. c. 425-400 BC. AR Stater. From the Collection of Sir Guy Laking. Ex Naville VI, 23 June 1924, Lucerne, Switzerland, lot 218 (Clarence Bement Collection)

Ancient Coins - LUCANIA, Thurium. c. 425-400 BC. AR Stater. From the Collection of Sir Guy Laking. Ex Naville VI, 23 June 1924, Lucerne, Switzerland, lot 218 (Clarence Bement Collection)
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LUCANIA, Thurium. c. 425-400 BC. AR Stater, 7.90g (19mm, 12h). Head of Athena right, wearing Attic helmet decorated with laurel branch and ivy leaf / Bull butting right; ΘOYPIΩN above; in exergue, fish right

Pedigree: From the Collection of Sir Guy Laking. Ex Naville VI, 23 June 1924, Lucerne, Switzerland, lot 218 (Clarence Bement Collection)

Price: $6,000

Thurium is a coastal city in the far south of Italy situated on the gulf of Tarentine. It was only colonized about 25 years earlier so this is among the earliest of its coinage.

The type presented on this coin allude to the origins of the city in the mid-fifth century BC: the foundation of Thourioi (Thurium) was the outcome of an appeal made by the refugees of Sybaris, recently destroyed by Kroton, to Sparta and Athens for assistance and reinforcement in their attempt to re-establish their city in the face of Krotoniate opposition. Athens answered their plea, dispatching ten ships manned by Athenians and Peloponnesians. Thus Sybaris was refounded, though dissensions between the Sybarites and the new colonists ended in a civil conflict, on account of the former laying claim not only to honorary distinctions, but to the exclusive possession of important political privileges. At length many of the Sybarites were expelled, and Thurium population was swelled by fresh colonists from all parts of Greece. Though the Athenians by now formed a relatively small proportion of the population, Thurium continued to be regarded as an Athenian colony, maintaining close ties with Athens, and indeed providing assistance to Athens' ill-fated campaign against Syracuse. It is therefore unsurprising that Athena should feature as the patron deity of the city, prominently displayed on its coinage, while the reverse is an adaptation of the emblem of Sybaris, upon which Thourioi was built.

References: SNG ANS 899; HN p. 86; SNG Oxford 889; SNG Copenhagen 435

Grade: Lovely cabinet toning and fully struck with all elements visible. EF+

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