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Neapolis in Campania, 300-275 BC., Didrachm, HNI 579.

Neapolis in Campania, 300-275 BC.,
Didrachm (18-20 mm / 7,13 g),
Obv.: head of nymph Parthenope right, wearing triple pendant earring, hair confined by headband, astragalus behind neck; several die breaks around head.
Rev.: [Ν]ΕΩΠΟΛΙΤΩΝ , man-faced bull walking right, head facing, above Nike flying right to crown him.
Rutter, Historia Numorum Italy (HNI) 579 ; Sambon 464 ; ANS 346 ; SNG France 798 .

The man-headed bull on the reverses is thought to be the River-god Acheloös, the father of the Sirens, whose cultus was wide-spread throughout the Greek world.
The man-headed bull, crowned on the later coins by a winged Nike, clearly an agonistic type, is characteristic of many Campanian coins, and may have been generally understood as symbolical of Acheloös.

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