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

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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. Raised border of dots between plain borders. Inscription in Greekin retrograde. (see media screen for Greek inscription) Reverse: Wheel...

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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

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


Taras (Tarentum), Calabria

Catalogue Raisonné

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


Diameter: 17 mm. Weight: 7.88 gm.

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


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