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Live auction - bgr_636561 - CALABRIA - TARAS Nomos, statère ou didrachme

CALABRIA - TARAS Nomos, statère ou didrachme XF/AU
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Estimate : 550 €
Price : no bid
Maximum bid : no bid
End of the sale : 09 July 2024 14:01:00
Type : Nomos, statère ou didrachme
Date: c. 280-272 AC.
Mint name / Town : Tarente
Metal : silver
Diameter : 19,5 mm
Orientation dies : 3 h.
Weight : 6,24 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Flan ovale, centré. Très joli revers. Droit présentant une fine usure régulière. Patine grise
Catalogue references :


Obverse description : Cavalier nu chevauchant à gauche ; une ancre sous les pattes du cheval.
Obverse legend : AR-ISTIC.


Reverse description : Taras nu, chevauchant un dauphin à gauche, tenant une Niké de la main droite et une quenouille de la main gauche.
Reverse legend : TARAS.

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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