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Southern Italy, Lucania, Sybaris, Nomos

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Southern Italy, Lucania, Sybaris, Nomos (obverse) Southern Italy, Lucania, Sybaris, Nomos (reverse)

The Greek cities of Magna Graecia redesigned the appearance of Greek silver coins completely. They developed a new incuse technique used only in Southern Italy, which depicted the same motif on the obverse and the reverse of the coin: on the one face raised, on the other depressed.

The motif on the money of the city of Sybaris was a bull turning his head. The city's coinage came to an early end 40 years later, however, when Sybaris was totally destroyed by Croton.

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