BRUTTIUM. Temesa. Circa 475-425 BC. Nomos (Silver, 19.5 mm, 8.18 g, 9 h). Between two greaves, tripod with three ring handles, and legs ending in lion's paws. Rev. ΤΕΜ Corinthian helmet with crest right. AMB 234 (this coin). Jameson 464. Very rare. Very well-struck and nicely toned. The best known example! Minor flan fault on the reverse, otherwise, extremely fine.
From the collection of a European and those of Dr. H. Maag, Peus 407, 7 November 2012, 141, and A. D. Moretti, Numismatica Ars Classica 13, 234 (this coin was displayed in the Antikenmuseum Basel), acquired in the 1960s.
Not far from the site of ancient Terina, and near the river Savuto (the ancient Ocinaros), Temesa (now apparently the modern day town of Campora san Giovanni in Calabria) was an Ancient Greek city which, according to the myth, was founded by Polites, one of the companions of Odysseus. This seems to be commemorated by the helmet and greaves that appear as types on the city's 5th century BC coinage (the tripod refers to Kroton's domination over Temesa). They also may have served as apotropaic types since the ghost of Polites seems to have become quite a nuisance; he was finally bested in a wrestling match by an Olympic champion from nearby Lokroi Epizephyrioi (a city, which also claimed overlordship over Temesa at other times). The city's prosperity, or importance, came from its control over neighbouring copper mines, which, however, had become exhausted by end of the 1st century BC.
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