Coin - Tarentum, Italy, circa 250 BC Numismatics Reg. No: NU 2041

A copper coin (Ae.17) from the town of Tarentum (Taras) in Italy, circa 250 BC
Mint: Tarentum
Statement Of Significance:
The reverse depicts the story of Arion who, after winning a musical competition in Sicily and while returning home via Tarentum, was captured by sailors who planned to kill him and steal the rich prizes he carried. He asked for permission to sing a last song and his song attracted dolphins to the ship. At the end of the song, Arion threw himself into the sea rather than be killed and one of the dolphins carried him to safety.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 17 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 3.561 g (Weight)

More information

Tagged with: children, 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 300 BC
Obverse Description: Laureate head of Apollo facing right
Reverse Description: Arion swimming to right holding on to dolphin; above, TA; below the end of the legend [PA]NTAINO[N] (?) in Greek
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. 8a (a loose page inserted in catalogue) of his catalogue. Acquired from "O.C."
Person Depicted: Arion
  1. [Catalogue] Pullin, Ruth. 2011. Nature Revealed: Eugene von Guerard.

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