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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2016.22
Title
Stater of Tarentum (Calabria)
Classification
Coins
Work Type
coin
Date
c. 320 BCE
Places
Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Europe, Tarentum-Taras (Calabria)
Period
Classical period, Late
Culture
Greek
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/355626
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Gold
Metal
AV
Technique
Struck
Dimensions
weight: 8.54 g
Die Axis
5
Denomination
stater
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Obverse Inscription: Τ[ΑΡΑΣ]
  • Reverse Inscription: [ΤΑΡΑΝΤΙΝΩ]Ν
Provenance
Harlan J. Berk, Ltd., 197th Buy or Bid Sale, lot 2; Classical Numismatic Group, Inc., Triton XIX, 3-4, January 6. 2016, lot 2004, From the collection of Dr. Lawrence A. Adams, purchased from Harlan Berk, April 2002. Ex Athos D. Moretti Collection (Numismatica Ars Classica 13, 8 October 1998), lot 89; M. P. Vlasto Collection, no. 1; Robert Jameson Collection, 137; G. Nervegna Collection (Sambon-Canessa, 18 November 1907), lot 241.

State, Edition, Standard Reference Number
Standard Reference Number
F.-B., G 5j (this coin)
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, J.P. Engelcke Coin Purchase Fund
Accession Year
2016
Object Number
2016.22
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Obverse: Head of Persephone right, wearing a stephane and a veil on the back of her head, earrings and a pearl necklace. To r. letter E, a small dolphin under her chins and rests of the legend in field r. downwards.
Reverse: Poseidon seated on a diphros (stool), wearing a himation around his lower body, holding a trident in his left hand, the right hand on his knee. He is leaning forward towards a small boy, his son Taras, naked, who is standing in front of him and raising his hands up to him in a gesture of supplication. Letter K under stool and around the border r. upwards.

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