Stater of Taras (Tarentum) with Taras on dolphin

Greek
Late Archaic or Early Classical Period
500–473 B.C.


Mint: Calabria, Taras (Tarentum)

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 0048.

Dimensions

Diameter: 17 mm. Weight: 8.01 gm.

Accession Number

04.301

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

Europe, The Ancient World

Classifications

Coins

Obverse: Taras astride dolphin right; hair turned up at back; in drawn-back right hand, polypos with six tentacles downwards; left outstretched; no shell.
Border of dots between plain borders.
Reverse: Winged seahorse right, bridled; rounded wing in two sections, one plain, other feathered.
Inscription in Greek (retrograde) below.
Below, scallop shell.
Border off flan.

Provenance

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

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund