Cora didrachm

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AR didrachm of Cora. c. 275-250 BC. head of Apollo l., laureate; horseman r., wearing conical helmet and spearing downwards; below, KORANO (see below). HN Italy 247. Drawing after Paris specimen. from Millingen’s 1831 publication.

I was surprised to have so much trouble finding an image of this type.  Thus I thought I’d throw up this bad screen shot and link just to help the next numismatist so struggling.  HN Italy obviously knows more specimens than the Paris one as a weight range is given (6.1-6.4 g); I’ve not tracked down their locations.  Millingen, although wrong to re attribute the coin to Sora, was correct to see it paralleling issues of Cales, Teanum, and Suessa. See my earlier post.

Update 10 April 2014:  I’ve revised my thinking on this issue.  I”m not sure it really parallels the issue of  Cales, Teanum, and Suessa that well.  Key differences in my mind are the lack of any additional symbols on the obverse and the placement of the legend on reverse in the field not in an exergue.   It is also missing from the San Martino in Pentilis hoard which has decent number of all three of the others.  I am thus skeptical we can really associate this coin with the others and by extension with the 1st Punic War.

Update 7 January 2015: A specimen from Naples was published in the same piece that gives us our first look at RRC 2/1.  Isn’t that fun!?  Images link to original publication.  Based on this photograph I’m inclined to say that the HN Italy reading of the legend is in error.  It should be CORANO not KORANO.  Also HN Italy does not mention the palm branch (?) behind Apollo’s head.  The hat shape of the rider seems distinctive.

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2 thoughts on “Cora didrachm

  1. The Cora hat looks (to me) to be more closely related to that of the Capestrano warrior:
    https://www.google.com/search?newwindow=1&site=&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=1280&bih=589&q=capestrano+warrior&oq=Capestr&gs_l=img.3.2.0l6j0i24l4.2897.4023.0.7575.7.7.0.0.0.0.65.435.7.7.0.msedr…0…1ac.1.61.img..0.7.434.zkt2jtBLVrQ
    than to a pileus. (If that link doesn’t work, simply go to Google Images and search on Capestrano Warrior). In all events, lovely coin (and an interesting one).

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