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Nommos of Taras (Tarentum) with Taras on dolphin

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Obverse: Taras on dolphin right, octopus with waving tentacles in his right hand. Cable border. Greek inscription below. Reverse: Hippocamp left, scallop shell below. Border of radiating lines. Above: inscription in Greek.


By date unknown: Swiss Private Collection; by 1973: with Münzen und Medaillen A.G., Malzgasse 25, Basel, Switzerland; purchased by MFA from Münzen und Medaillen A.G., October 10, 1973.

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Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour

Greek, Late Archaic Period, about 510 B.C.


Taras (Tarentum), Calabria


Diameter: 21 mm. Weight: 8.12 gm. Die Axis: 9

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The Ancient World


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