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Stater of Taras (Tarentum) with Phalanthos on dolphin

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Obverse: Phalanthos astride dolphin to left. Beneath, cockle-shell, hinge upwards. (Inscription in Greek retrograde and inward) Reverse: Taras, half-draped, seated left on diphros, holding distaff in right hand, and staff in left. Outline of die visible.


By date unknown: Sir Hermann Weber Collection; 1918: purchased from H. Weber's estate by Spink & Son Limited, 17 & 18 Piccadilly, London, W 1 (L. Forrer, The Weber Collection, vol. 1, no. 534); by 1922: C. Côte Collection, Lyons; by 1963: on the art market in Athens, acquired on behalf of MFA by Cornelius C. Vermeule III; purchased by MFA from Cornelius C. Vermeule III, March 11, 1964

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Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour

Greek, Classical Period, 460–443 B.C.


Taras (Tarentum), Calabria


Diameter: 24.5 mm. Weight: 7.58 gm. Die Axis: 1

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The Ancient World


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