SILVER COIN – DIDRACHM, ANCIENT GREECE – TARAS, CALABRIA, c. 272-235 BC. In a modern 14K gold Pendant Mount.
An ancient silver coin known as a “didrachm” or “nomos” in extremely fine condition, from the Greek city state of Taras in Calabria (a region in Southern Italy). Beautiful example of an extremely attractive ancient coin, well–centered and pleasing on both sides.
Obverse: Naked warrior with spear on horseback.
Reverse: Taras, the son of Poseidon, riding a dolphin.
The coin is set as a pendant in a modern 14k gold mount with both sides exposed to view. The diameter, without loop, is about 22mm, and the weight including mount is 10.6 gm.
Boy on a Dolphin ancient Greek coins were minted in Taras Calabria, a Greek occupied region in southern Italy, during the time period of 334 to 231 BC. The coin features a boy riding a dolphin on one side and a horseman on the other. In Greek mythology, Taras, the son of the Greek sea god Poseidon, was rescued from a shipwreck by a dolphin sent by his father. The city, located on the site where he was brought ashore, was named in his honor. Reference: Vlasto 877v.