Collection History: Donated by Dean Fred B.R. Hellems, 1930
Campania, Neapolis, Southern Italy.
With his famous sanctuary in Kyme (Cumae), 12 miles to the west of Neapolis, the god Apollo is honored on this coin. At his sanctuary, prophecies were made by a priestess who heard the god speak, and who was more famous in Italy than the Delphic oracle. The man-faced bull on the coin’s reverse is a lesser deity, the river Sebethos, which ran near the ancient city and can be associated with the river through another coin, that one with a horned human youth with the inscription Sepeithos around him. John Nebel 2013.