Stater of Taras with Taras (or Phalanthos) riding a dolphin

Greek
Early Classical Period
about 480–470 B.C.


Mint: Calabria, Taras (Tarentum)

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 0047.

Dimensions

Diameter: 17 mm. Weight: 7.88 gm.

Accession Number

04.300

Medium or Technique

Silver

On View

Michael C. Ruettgers Gallery for Ancient Coins (Gallery 212C)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Coins

Obverse: Taras astride dolphin right, drawn-back right hand on dolphin’s back, left hand raised with palm outwards; nude; upper body facing.
Scallop shell below.
Inscription in Greek retrograde.
Raised border of dots between plain borders.
Reverse: Wheel with four spokes.

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

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund