I recently purchased this coin because I love the style. Okay! I blame members here for showing coins of this type which made me want to purchase this example. ANONYMOUS ROMAN REPUBLIC AR Didrachm OBVERSE: Helmeted head of Mars left, oak-sprig behind REVERSE: ROMANO on tablet below head of bridled horse right, ear of wheat behind Struck at Metapontum, 280-276 BC 19 mm, 6.55g Cr13/1, Syd 1 Location Metaponto, Province of Matera, Basilicata, Italy Region Magna Graecia Founded Between 700 and 690 BCE Periods Archaic Greece to Roman Empire Though Metapontum was an ancient Greek Achaean colony, various traditions assigned to it a much earlier origin. Strabo ascribes its foundation to a body of Pylians, a part of those who had followed Nestor to Troy; while Justin tells us it was founded by Epeius, the hero who constructed the wooden horse at Troy; in proof of which the inhabitants showed, in a temple of Minerva, the tools used by him on that occasion. Another tradition, reported by Ephorus, assigned to it a Phocian origin, and called Daulius, the tyrant of Crisa near Delphi, its founder. Other legends carried back its origin to a still more remote period. Antiochus of Syracuse said that it was originally called Metabus, from a hero of that name, who appears to have been identified with the Metapontus who figured in the Greek mythical story as the husband of Melanippe and father of Aeolus and Boeotus.