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Live auction - bgr_710466 - CALABRIA - TARAS Nomos, statère ou didrachme

CALABRIA - TARAS Nomos, statère ou didrachme AU/AU
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Estimate : 600 €
Price : 320 €
Maximum bid : 320 €
End of the sale : 08 March 2022 14:01:03
bidders : 2 bidders
Type : Nomos, statère ou didrachme
Date: c. 275 AC.
Mint name / Town : Tarente, Calabre
Metal : silver
Diameter : 21 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 6,43 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Flan ovale, légèrement décentré au droit. Très joli revers, finement détaillé. Patine grise


Obverse description : Cavalier nu, coiffé d’un casque attique à triple aigrette, galopant à droite, tenant une javeline transversale de la main droite, un bouclier et deux autres javelines de la main gauche.
Obverse legend : EU/ SWST/ATOS.


Reverse description : Taras nu, chevauchant un dauphin à gauche, tenant une petite Niké stéphanophoros de la main droite et une corne d’abondance de la main gauche ; derrière à droite, un foudre (fulmen).
Reverse legend : T-ARAS /POLU.
Reverse translation : (Tarente).

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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