Coin - Drachm, Tarentum, Italy, circa 300 BC Numismatics Reg. No: NU 2036

A silver Drachm from the town of Tarentum (Taras) in Italy, circa 300 BC
Mint: Tarentum
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 16 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 3.058 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: owls
Themes this item is part of: Eugene von Guerard, Artist (1811-1901), Eugene von Guerard Collection, Numismatics & Philately Collection
Primary Classification: COINS
Secondary Classification: Ancient Greek States - Calabria
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
DateEra: circa 300 BC
Denomination: Drachm
Obverse Description: Head of Athena facing left wearing crested helmet decorated with Skylla.
Reverse Description: Owl, wings outstretched, standing on thunderbolt facing. Around in Greek, [TAR]ANTINOM SOS
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: Round
Material: Silver
Issued By: Tarentum, Calabria, Italy, Ancient Greek States
Previous Collection: Eugene von Guerard, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, pre 1880

Listed in Eugene von Guerard's catalogue, vol.1, p.8A. Acquired from Garibaldi of Melbourne probably in the late 1870s. Garibaldi's entries are always in red ink and inserted into the earlier text (see also 'O.C.' entries). Coin found in NGV Safe during McArthur Bequest incorporation, about 1904. Previous note says "Does not come from von Guerard and no earlier record of the piece yet found."
References: BMC. Italy p. 202 no. 317
cf Sear.373
  1. [Book], Reginald Poole - British Museum Coins and Medals, A Catalogue of the Greek Coins in the British Museum, Italy, London, 1873, 202 Pages
  2. [Catalogue] Pullin, Ruth. 2011. Nature Revealed: Eugene von Guerard.
  3. [Book], David Sear, Greek Coins and Their Values, Europe, Seaby, B.A. Ltd., London, 1978, 44 Pages

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