Stater of Taras (Tarentum) with horse and rider, struck under Alexander of Epiros

Late Classical Period
334–330 B.C.

Mint: Calabria, Taras (Tarentum)

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 0063.


Diameter: 22 mm. Weight: 7.41 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.
Border of dots.
Reverse: Taras astride dolphin; Taras as a child with long hair; double anklet on left foot; right on dolphin’s head; in flexed left, distaff upward.
At right, eagle standing left, wings closed.
Inscription in Greek in left field.
Below: crests of waves.


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. 38); September 1904: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund