Coin: Didrachm, Taranto


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Artifact Identification Coin: Didrachm, Taranto   (1900.63.0012)
Communication Artifacts : Exchange Media : N/A
Artist/Maker None
Geographic Location Europe, West, Italy, Calabria, Taranto
Period/Date Classical Greece, 344-334 BCE
Culture Greek

Physical Analysis

Dimension 1 (Diameter) 2.20 cm
Dimension 2 (Depth) .32 cm
Dimension 3 (N/A) N/A
Weight 7.83 g
Measuring Remarks None
Materials Metal--Silver
Manufacturing Processes Cast
Munsell Color Information waived

Research Remarks

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This Greek coin is a silver Didrachm from the ancient city Tarentum, now Taranto in the Calabria region of Italy. Italy, as well as Sicily, was part of Magna Graecia (Great Greece) that had Greek colonies. The coin was struck in the mid-4th century BCE. The obverse displays a horse and its rider. The reverse displays Taras riding a dolphin, which saved him after a shipwreck. He founded the city of Taras where he reached land. To the right of Taras’ head are the letters TAPA (Tau Alpha Rho Alpha), the letters denoting it from Taras.

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