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ID:     90010010
Type:     Greek
Region:     BRUTTIUM
City:     Locri Epizephrii
Issuer:     Time of Pyrrhos of Epeiros
Date Ruled:     Circa 275 BC
Metal:     Silver
Denomination:     Stater
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     BC Circa 275
Weight:     7.44 g
Die Axis:     9 h
Obverse Legend:     NE
Obverse Description:     Laureate head of Zeus to left; below neck, monogram of ΝΕ
Reverse Legend:     ΛΟΚΡΩΝ ΡΩΜΑ ΠΙΣΤΙΣ
Reverse Description:     Roma seated right on low throne, holding short sword in her left hand and resting her right on shield at her side; before to right, Lokroi, as Pistis the personification of Faithfulness, standing left, crowing Roma with a wreath held in her right hand
Primary Reference:     BMFA 195
Reference2:     Kraay/Hirmer 293
Reference3:     HN III 2347
Reference4:     Jameson 449 (this coin). SNG ANS 531
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Notes:     Sale: Nomos 1, Lot: 10 HN III 2347 From the collections of W. Niggeler, 1, Bank Leu/MÜnzen und Medaillen, 3 December 1965, 82, R. Jameson and Sir Arthur Evans, Burlington Exhibition, 1903, pl. 101, 82.This remarkable coin celebrates, in an unusually explicit way, the alliance of Lokroi with Rome after the end of the war against Pyrrhos. Lokroi had initially fought against Rome but later changed sides and was well treated by the Romans in return. Such explicit references to contemporary events on Greek coinage are extremely rare.