00 Bar fragment #9201-200 Aes Rude with a stamp or brand, possibly related to the Grammechele (Catania) hoard unearthed in 1900, and dating to about 600BC, 47mm square, 150g
5 As Aes Signatum bar fragment. 280-260BC. About 150 grams. Italy mint. Aes Grave. Obverse: Plain but with a stamp or brand, possibly a helmet. Reverse: as obverse. Scarce.
In form and in its stamp this bar bears a remarkable similarity to those found in the Grammechele (Catania) hoard unearthed in 1900, ref. P.Orsi, Bulletino di Paletnologia Italiana, serie III, tomo IV, 1900 p.277. Indeed it might have come from that hoard. Orsi dates this form of bar to before Ramo Secco, likely about 600BC, as Ramo Secco are known in archaeological contexts from 550BC. Orsi notes the typical full and wide edge flashes from the edges of moulds that were technically eliminated in later bars, and cites a stamp of sticks and a helmet that is similar to this piece.