1/2 stater of Taras (Tarentum) with head of Satyra (?)

Late Classical or Early Hellenistic Period
334–302 B.C.

Mint: Calabria, Taras (Tarentum)

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 0072.


Diameter: 15 mm. Weight: 4.24 gm.

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Obverse: Head of local nymph Satyra (?) to left; hair drawn up on back of head and bound with fillets; long curly locks falling down from crown; triple-pendant earring; dotted necklace.
Before chin, a dolphin.
Inscription in Greek to left and right.
Border of dots with plain border.
Reverse: Taras astride dolphin to left, nude, except for chlamys over shoulders, flying in the wind; above extended right hand, Nike flying to right, crowning him with wreath; in lowered left hand, a trident slanting upward; below, crests of waves.
Inscription in Greek below.
Round incuse.


By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; 1900: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren

Credit Line

Catharine Page Perkins Fund