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Stater of Taras (Tarentum) with Taras on dolphin

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Obverse: Taras astride dolphin left; upper body in profile; arms outstretched; below scallop shell; border of dots. Inscription in Greek in upper right field. Reverse: Taras as founder or oikist, seated right; right leg drawn back; in right hand, a staff; in left hand, kantharos held by base; hair...

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By date unknown: Montagu Collection; 1896: Sotheby sale of the Montagu Collection, no. 27 (according to Brett Catalogue); 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. 24); September 1904: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

Greek, Classical Period, 460–443 B.C.


Taras (Tarentum), Calabria

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 0053.


Diameter: 23 mm. Weight: 8.03 gm.

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Numismatics, Coins