Stater of Taras (Tarentum) with the Dioskouroi on horses, struck under Sodamos

Hellenistic Period
281–272 B.C.

Mint: Calabria, Taras (Tarentum)

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 0084.


Diameter: 20 mm. Weight: 6.51 gm.

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Obverse: Dioskouroi on horses prancing left; near rider’s chlamys flying in wind; in his drawn-back left hand, bakkos (?).
Inscription in Greek below and monogram above.
Reverse: Taras astride dolphin left; right leg shown beyond dolphin’s head; on outstretched right, Nike flying right with wreath in raised hands; in his drawn-back left, round shield on which winged seahorse left, and two spears slanting upwards.
Inscriptions in Greek above right and in the field at left.
Below, crests of waves.


By date unknown: Northwick Collection; 1859: auction of Northwick Collection, Cat. Sotheby, Northwick, no. 143 (according to Brett Catalogue, no. 84); 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. 49); September 1904: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund