Coin - Didrachm, Tarentum, Italy, circa 425 BC Numismatics Reg. No: NU 2032

A silver Didrachm from the town of Tarentum (Taras) in Italy, circa 425 BC
Mint: Tarentum
Statement Of Significance:
Taras is the founder of the Greek colony of Taras (Tarentum, modern Taranto), in Magna Graecia.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 21 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 7.670 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: horses, children, horse riding, dolphins
Themes this item is part of: Eugene von Guerard, Artist (1811-1901), Eugene von Guerard Collection, Leisure Collection, Numismatics & Philately Collection
Primary Classification: COINS
Secondary Classification: Ancient Greek States - Brutii
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
DateEra: circa 425 BC
Denomination: Didrachm
Obverse Description: Horseman advancing to right holding two spears and a shield in his left hand and thrusting down with third spear held overhead in his right. Below the horse in Greek the letters DAI
Reverse Description: Taras seated naked on dolphin swimming to left and holding a trident over his right shoulder while holding a shield on which a hippocamp (sea-horse). Behind in Greek TARAS; below a buccinium (?).
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.7. Purchased by Eugene von Guerard from Mr Lincoln of London. The von Guerard collection was purchased by the NGV in 1880 and transferred to the Science Museum of Victoria in 1976.
Deity Depicted: Taras (Ancient God), circa 425 BC
References: BMC. Italy p. 192, no.245
cf. SNG Corpus Christi No. 130
  1. [Book], Reginald Poole - British Museum Coins and Medals, A Catalogue of the Greek Coins in the British Museum, Italy, London, 1873, 192 Pages
  2. [Catalogue] Pullin, Ruth. 2011. Nature Revealed: Eugene von Guerard.

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