About this artwork
The front (obverse) of this coin depicts an ear of barley. The back (reverse) depicts a bull with its head and horns facing downwards. A fillet, or headband, adorns its brow. Metapontum became wealthy through farming rather than trade. By illustrating the ear of grain on its coins, the city-state reminded its trading partners of its agricultural abundance.
- Ancient Greek
- Diobol (Coin) Depicting an Ear of Grain
- 500 BCE–473 BCE
- Obverse: MET
- Diam. 1.3 cm; 1.13 g
- Gift of Mrs. William Nelson Pelouze