Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Pétoncle et grènetis.
Reverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Reverse description : Tête féminine de nymphe à droite dans les restes d’un carré creux.
CALABRIA - Taranto
(Fifth century BC)
Taranto, founded around 706 BC by the Parthénopéens was the only colony of Sparta. According to mythology, Taras was the son of Poseidon and the nymph Satyra. He was saved in a shipwreck by a dolphin who placed near the future city and legend TAPAS designates the city. After the departure of Pyrrhus, Taranto submitted to Rome. Under the leadership of Consul Spurius Carvilius Maximus, Taranto became an allied city of Rome. After the defeat of 272 BC, it enjoyed a period of great prosperity that lasted until the Second Punic War (221-202 BC).