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Live auction - bgr_655527 - CALABRIA - TARAS Nomos, statère ou tridrachme

CALABRIA - TARAS Nomos, statère ou tridrachme XF
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Estimate : 500 €
Price : 280 €
Maximum bid : 350 €
End of the sale : 27 April 2021 14:01:15
bidders : 3 bidders
Type : Nomos, statère ou tridrachme
Date: c. 500-480 AC.
Mint name / Town : Tarente, Calabre
Metal : silver
Diameter : 17 mm
Orientation dies : 11 h.
Weight : 7,62 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Flan court, centré. Usure régulière. Joli revers. Patine grise
Catalogue references :


Obverse description : Taras ou Phalantos chevauchant un dauphin à droite, tenant un poulpe de la main droite.
Obverse legend : [TARAS].


Reverse description : Hippocampe passant à droite.
Reverse legend : TARAS.


Sur notre exemplaire, le pétoncle n’est pas visible sous l’hippocampe.

Historical background


(5th century BC)

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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