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CALABRIA - TARAS Nomos ou didrachme AU
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Type : Nomos ou didrachme
Date: c. 275 AC.
Mint name / Town : Tarente, Calabre
Metal : silver
Diameter : 21 mm
Orientation dies : 9 h.
Weight : 6,48 g.
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan ovale, idéalement centré des deux côtés. Très jolie représentation du droit. Revers finement détaillé. Patine grise
Catalogue references :


Obverse description : Cavalier nu passant à droite, se couronnant lui-même ; entre les jambes du cheval, le chapiteau d’une colonne ionique.
Obverse legend : SW/ IALO.


Reverse description : Taras nu, chevauchant un dauphin à gauche, tenant un aplustre de la main droite et une quenouille de la main gauche.
Reverse legend : TARAS/ ANQ.
Reverse translation : (Tarente).


C’est l’un des nomos les plus courants pour le monnayage de Tarente pour cette période. L’aplustre que tient Taras au revers est un symbole maritime. En revanche, la présence de la quenouille reste plus énigmatique et fait peut-être référence à l’une des nombreuses activités de la cité.

Historical background


(281-272 BC)

Pyrrhus Strategos, King of Epirus

Following the arrival of Pyrrhus in Italy, in 281 BC, the consul L. Aemilius Barbula devastated the territory of the Tarentines after the destruction of a Roman squadron in the Gulf of Taranto. Pyrrhus, thanks to his elephants and to everyone's surprise, won the indecisive battle of Heraclea in 279 BC, hence the expression "Pyrrhic victory" which is equivalent to a victory which leaves the winner so exhausted that a defeat would not have weakened him more.

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