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Live auction - bgr_865958 - CALABRIA - TARAS Nomos, statère ou didrachme

CALABRIA - TARAS Nomos, statère ou didrachme AU
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Estimate : 500 €
Price : 330 €
Maximum bid : 390 €
End of the sale : 24 October 2023 14:01:40
bidders : 3 bidders
Type : Nomos, statère ou didrachme
Date: c. 250 AC.
Mint name / Town : Tarente, Calabre
Metal : silver
Diameter : 20 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 6,31 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Monnaie idéalement centrée sur un flan court. Joli revers, bien venu à la frappe. Patine grise avec de légers reflets dorés


Obverse description : Cavalier nu au pas à gauche, couronnant son cheval.
Obverse legend : DI/ FILO/TAS.
Obverse translation : (Philotas).


Reverse description : Taras nu, chevauchant un dauphin à gauche, tenant un canthare de la main droite et une quenouille de la main gauche ; derrière Taras, un coq tourné à gauche.
Reverse legend : TARAS.
Reverse translation : (de Tarente).

Historical background


(272-235 BC)

Autonomous - First Treaty with the Romans

Taranto, founded around 706 BC by the Parthenopeans, was Sparta's only colony. According to mythology, Taras was the son of Poseidon and the nymph Satyra. He was saved during a shipwreck by a dolphin who deposited him near the future city and the 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 experienced a great period of prosperity which lasted until the Second Punic War (221-202 BC).

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