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Live auction - bgr_787278 - CALABRIA - TARAS Nomos, statère ou didrachme

CALABRIA - TARAS Nomos, statère ou didrachme XF
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Estimate : 600 €
Price : no bid
Maximum bid : no bid
End of the sale : 07 March 2023 14:00:20
Type : Nomos, statère ou didrachme
Date: c. 281-228 AC.
Mint name / Town : Tarente, Calabre
Metal : silver
Diameter : 21,5 mm
Orientation dies : 4 h.
Weight : 6,78 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan large et irrégulier, légèrement éclaté à 11 heures au droit. Très beau portrait de nymphe à l’usure régulière. Joli revers inhabituel. Belle patine de collection ancienne avec des reflets dorés
Catalogue references :


Obverse description : Tête de nymphe à gauche, les cheveux retenus par un diadème et une sphendoné.


Reverse description : Cavalier nu au pas à gauche, couronnant son cheval ; petit dauphin à droite sous le cavalier ; une corne d’abondance derrière le cavalier.
Reverse legend : TA.


La tête au droit rappelle certains didrachmes de Naples frappés entre 340 et 241 avant J.-C. Au revers, c’est le cavalier et non pas Taras qui symbolise Tarente.

Historical background

CALABRIA - Taranto

(272-235 BC)

Autonomy - first alliance with the Romans

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).

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