Stater of Taras (Tarentum) with horse and rider

Late Classical Period
344–334 B.C.

Mint: Calabria, Taras (Tarentum)

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 0062.


Diameter: 22 mm. Weight: 7.50 gm.

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Europe, The Ancient World



Obverse: Young jockey, nude, on rearing horse right; reins held tightly in both hands; crowned by Nike flying right; in background, nude youth standing on tiptoe right, head facing, turning and restraining horse; left arm clasping horse’s neck, hand on rein; ground line.
Inscription in Greek between horse’s legs.
Border of dots.
(die flaws on flank of horse and below body).
Reverse: Taras on dolphin left, cup in right hand, left on dolphin.
At right, scallop shell; at left: Greek letter.
Inscription in Greek below.
Round incuse.


By date unknown: Northwick Collection; 1859: Northwick Collection sale, Cat. Sotheby, no. 143 (according to Brett, Catalogue, no. 62); by date unknown: Canon Greenwell Collection (Regling, Die Griechischen Münzen der Sammlung Warren, no. 35); July 1902: acquired from Canon Greenwell Collection by Edward Perry Warren; September 1904: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund