Coin - Hemidrachm, Tarentum, Italy, circa 300 BC Numismatics Reg. No: NU 2037

A silver Hemidrachm (diobol) 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: 11 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 1.002 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: lions
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
Obverse Description: Head of Athena facing right wearing a crested helmet decorated with Skylla
Reverse Description: Hercules naked kneeling facing right, strangling lion
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, as the third Heraculia coin. Purchased by Eugene von Guerard from the London coin dealer Mr Lincoln.
Deity Depicted: Heracles (Ancient God)
Deity Depicted: Athena (Goddess) - Olympian Gods
References: BMC. Italy p. 204 cf nos. 341 ff.
cf. Sear.351
  1. [Book], Reginald Poole - British Museum Coins and Medals, A Catalogue of the Greek Coins in the British Museum, Italy, London, 1873, 204 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, 42 Pages

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