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

Hellenistic Period
235–228 B.C.

Mint: Calabria, Taras (Tarentum)

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 0093.


Diameter: 19 mm. Weight: 6.34 gm.

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Europe, The Ancient World



Obverse: Dioskouros on horse walking to left, right foreleg raised; left hand on reins, right hand raised; head facing; sword in scabbard at left side; in short chiton, and chlamys over left shoulder, blown by wind.
Above right, a monogram and pointed cap
Inscription in Greek at left and below horse.
Ground line.
Reverse: Taras facing, wearing a leafy crown, riding a dolphin to left, with chlamys and trident. Dolphin’s lower edge of body dotted; below, crest of waves, and to right of foot, a dolphin and a cuttlefish.
Inscription in Greek above and monogram at right.


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

Credit Line

Catharine Page Perkins Fund