Coin - Tarentum, Italy, circa 250 BC Numismatics Reg. No: NU 2042

A copper coin (Ae.15) from the town of Tarentum (Taras) in Italy, circa 250 BC
Mint: Tarentum
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 15 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 1.995 g (Weight)

More information

Tagged with: children, cockle shells, scallop shells, dolphins
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 250 BC
Obverse Description: Scallop shell (called a cockle shell in BMC catalogue)
Reverse Description: Taras holding kantharos and cornucopia seated on a dolphin swimming to left. Behind in Greek [t]APAN
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: Round
Material: Copper
Issued By: Tarentum, Calabria, Italy, Ancient Greek States
Previous Collection: Eugene von Guerard, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, pre 1880

Listed in vol.1 p. 8 of his catalogue. Purchased by him from Friedlander of Berlin. Coin was found in an NGV safe during McArthur Bequest incorporation, about 1904.
Deity Depicted: Taras (Ancient God)
References: BMC. Italy p. 219 no. 379.
Sear 608
  1. [Book], Reginald Poole - British Museum Coins and Medals, A Catalogue of the Greek Coins in the British Museum, Italy, London, 1873, 219 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, 65 Pages

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