Stater of Taras (Tarentum) with head of Zeus, struck under Pyrrhos of Epiros

Hellenistic Period
about 276–272 B.C.

Mint: Calabria, Taras (Tarentum)

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek Coins, 1950-1963 (MFA), no. 014.


Diameter: 20 mm. Weight: 8.57 gm. Die Axis: 2

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On View

Michael C. Ruettgers Gallery for Ancient Coins (Gallery 212C)


The Ancient World



Obverse: Laureate head of Zeus to left.
Monogram behind.
Reverse: Eagle, with wings partly spread, stands to left on a thunderbolt; in the field at the left, an owl.
Inscription at upper right and left.


By date unknown: with Münzen und Medaillen A.G., Malzgasse 25, Basel, Switzerland (Münzen und Medaillen A.G. auction 19, June 5-6, 1959, lot 321); purchased at the Münzen und Medaillen auction on behalf of MFA by Leu & Company, Bahnhofstrasse 32, Zurich, Switzerland; September 17, 1959: purchased by MFA from Leu & Company for $ 5,457.85 (this is the total price for 59.483-59.489)

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour