Stater of Taras (Tarentum) with horse and rider

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

Mint: Calabria, Taras (Tarentum)

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 0075.


Diameter: 21 mm. Weight: 7.83 gm.

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Obverse: Horseman, nude, cantering right; thrusting spear downward with raised right arm; left hand holding reins, shield and two couched spears.
Short ground line under hindlegs of horse.
Inscription in Greek below horse’s body.
Border of dots.
Reverse: Taras astride dolphin left; right leg thrust forward; right arm extended, holding a kantharos; left hand on dolphin’s back holding trident slanting upward.
Below, dolphin.
Inscription in Greek at right, above dolphin’s tail.


By date unknown: Canon Greenwell Collection; July 1902: acquired from Canon Greenwell Collection by Edward Perry Warren (Regling, Die Griechischen Münzen der Sammlung Warren, no. 41); September 1904: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund