Italy, Calabria, Town of Taras, AR Didrachme

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Italy, Calabria/ City of Taras (Taranto)
AR Didrachm (334-302 b.c.)
Obv.: Naked horseman with spear and shield galloping l.
Rev.: Taras on dolphin l.



Taras, a figure from Greek mythology and a son of Poseidon and the nymph Satyria.

According to legend, he was the founder of the Greek settlement of Taras (Tarentum, now Taranto), a later leading power of Magna Graecia. A dolphin appeared to Taras during a sacrifice to Poseidon, which he interpreted as a good omen and as encouragement to found a city.

Consequently, on the coin of the ancient city of Taras, the son of Poseidon is depicted riding a dolphin. This image can still be found today on the coat of arms of the city of Taranto. 



Additional product information

Origin Ancient Greece
Grading VF-EF
Material Silver
Full weight

ca. 7,78g

Literature SNG Cop. 839ff

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