Stater of Taras (Tarentum) with Taras on dolphin

Classical Period
443–400 B.C.

Mint: Calabria, Taras (Tarentum)

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 0056.


Diameter: 23 mm. Weight: 7.48 gm.

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Europe, The Ancient World



Obverse: Taras astride dolphin left; in extended right hand, strigil upwards; drawn-back left hand on dolphin.
Below, prawn left.
Plain border (die flow distorting strigil).
Reverse: Taras as founder or oikist; right arm extended and flexed, balancing spindle of wool on back of hand; in drawn-back and lowered left hand, a strigil; oil flask suspended from wrist; pointed end of himation under left knee; back legs only of stool show, drawn in perespective; right foot on footstool; left foot almost facing.
Round incuse.


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

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund