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Stater of Taras (Tarentum) with Taras on dolphin

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Obverse: Taras astride dolphin left; drawn-back on dolphin's back; right arm flexed and raised, hand raised with palm facing; nude; upper body facing; below scallop shell. Inscription in Greek around. (see media screen for Greek inscription) Reverse: Taras as founder of oikist seated left;...

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By date unknown: Montagu Collection; 1896: Sotheby sale of the Montagu Collection, no. 28 (according to Brett, Catalogue, no. 54); 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, Classical Period, 443–400 B.C.


Taras (Tarentum), Calabria

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 0054.


Diameter: 23 mm. Weight: 7.91 gm.

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Numismatics, Coins