Coin - Drachm, Tarentum, Italy, circa 300 BC Numismatics Reg. No: NU 2035

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: 15 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 3.109 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 right wearing a crested Athenian helmet decorated with Skylla
Reverse Description: Owl standing right with head facing. Behind the letters TAP and in front an olive sprig
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: Round
Material: Silver
Issued By: Tarentum, Calabria, Italy, Ancient Greek States, circa 300 BC
Previous Collection: Eugene von Guerard, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, pre 1880

Listed in Eugene von Guerard's catalogue, vol.1, p.8. Purchased by Eugene von Guerard from Mr Friedlander of Berlin. (This link had been lost). His collection was purchased by the NGV in 1880 and transferred to the Science Museum of Victoria in 1976.
References: BMC. Italy p. 201 no. 309 but no letters can be seen above the reverse olive sprig
  1. [Book], Reginald Poole - British Museum Coins and Medals, A Catalogue of the Greek Coins in the British Museum, Italy, London, 1873, 201 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, 43 Pages

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