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1/6 stater of Taras (Tarentum) with head of Persephone (?), struck under Alexander of Epiros

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Obverse: Head of Persephone (or Hera?) right, wearing stephane; hair on forehead and at back rolled; long locks on neck; pointed earring; dotted necklace. Inscription in Greek in left and right fields. Reverse: Taras as infant seated on ground facing, head right; left leg bent under; in raised...

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Provenance

By date unknown: Montagu Collection; 1896: auction of the Montagu Collection, Cat. Sotheby, pl. i, 18 (according to Brett, Catalogue, no. 64); 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. 27); September 1904: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

Greek, Late Classical Period, 334–330 B.C.

Mint

Taras (Tarentum), Calabria

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 0064.

Dimensions

Diameter: 10 mm. Weight: 1.44 gm.

Accession Number

04.315

Medium or Technique

Gold

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Numismatics, Coins