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446610. Sold For $4500

ETRURIA, Populonia. 3rd century BC. AR 20 Asses (20mm, 8.32 g). Diademed facing head of Metus; c ≈ (mark of value) below / Traces of uncertain legend. EC Group XII, Series 37, 174 (O1/R1 – this coin); HN Italy 142; SNG ANS 79; BMC 28; Hirsch 14; McClean 129; Norman Davis 1; Pozzi 39 (all from the same dies). EF, toned.

Ex Dix, Noonan, Webb A3 (27 September 2007), lot 2028; Moruzzi Numismatica “Excellence” FPL (1995), no. 1; Rauch 28 (18 January 1982), lot 19.

The reverse die of this series is thought to have been inscribed with the ethnic POPLV, in Etruscan, but none of the extant examples are clear enough to be certain. In any event, the die was apparently used long after the legend was worn off, such that most examples, as this, only display vague traces of it.