Curtisimo Posted June 20, 2022 · Supporter Share Posted June 20, 2022 Calabria, TarentumAR Nomos, Tarentum mint, struck 280-272 BC Dia.: 20.4 mmWt.: 6.4 gObv.: Helmeted warrior on horseback l., holding two spears and round shield decorated with star. ΖΩ in right field, ΑΠΟΛΛΩ belowRev.: ΤΑΡΑΣ, Taras riding dolphin l., holding distaff and bunch of grapes. ΑΝΘ in right fieldRef.: Vlasto 794 Taras the Dophin Rider Considering this is such a popular type I think many collectors here know the story of Taras as shown on the reverse already. For those that don't the CliffsNotes version is that Taras was the son of Poseidon who fell off the ship he was sailing in. His father sent a dolphin to rescue him and Taras rode the dolphin to the shores of southern Italy. He founded a city on the spot where he came ashore and modestly named it after himself. The Romans later called the city Tarentum. The modern city is called Taranto. All that is cool but I defy anyone to tell me that the reverse doesn't look like an oddly muscular kid holding a stick of cotton candy and yeehaw-ing around on a dolphin his rich father bought for him. 🤠 Let's see those Dolphin Riders folks!!! 23 2 1 5 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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