Metapontum Stater 510 - 480 BC.
Obv: Ear of Barley "META" on right. Rev: Incuse Ear of Barley" This
is a sample of an early attempt to replace the punch mark with a design.
The design is incuse as were the punch marks of the previous century. Metapontum
coins were of a thin fabric and by having the incuse design on the reverse,
the obverse design can be very high. Most Greek city states by the 6th century
BC had stopped using the incuse/punch design, but it continued in some
Italian states into the 5th century BC. Metal: Silver 6.69 grams, 21mm
diameter. Condition: VF/EF with dark cabinet toning.