Stater of Taras (Tarentum) with head of Herakles, struck under Kleonymos

Greek
Early Hellenistic Period
about 302 B.C.


Mint: Calabria, Taras (Tarentum)

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek Coins, 1950-1963 (MFA), no. 012.

Dimensions

Diameter: 19 mm. Weight: 8.57 gm. Die Axis: 11

Accession Number

58.956

Medium or Technique

Gold

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Coins

Obverse: Head of the young Herakles to right, with features of Alexander the Great; he wears the lion’s skin; below neck a club.
Reverse: Biga galloping to right, driven by Taras (?), who holds reins in the left hand and a trident in the right.
Inscriptions above and below.

Ruler: Kleonymos

Provenance

By date unknown: with Leu & Co.'s Bank, Ltd, 32 Rue de la Gare, Zurich, Switzerland; purchased by MFA from Leu & Co's Bank, Ltd., October 9, 1958, for $ 2,875.00 (this is the total price of 58.956-58.959)

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour