Obverse: Nude boy rider crowns his horse, which stands facing left, with right foreleg raised. Above horse's back and behind rider, ΣΥ [SY] is inscribed. Below horse: ΛΥΚΙ[ΝΟΣ] [LYKI[NOS]. Reverse: Taras sits astride dolphin swimming to left, with a chlamys draped on extended left arm; he hurls a trident with his right arm. To right, an owl with closed wings by a star-like graffito. Below dolphin: TΑΡΑΣ [TARAS]. Taras is both the name of the city that minted this coin and of a legendary figure who was saved from drowning by a dolphin sent by his father, the god Poseidon.


  • Title: Stater (Back)
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 270–250 B.C.
  • Location Created: Tarentum (Taras), South Italy
  • Physical Dimensions: 0.0064 kg (0.0141 lb.)
  • Type: Coin
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Silver
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 82.NB.118.15
  • Culture: Greek (South Italian)
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Villa Collection, Malibu, California
  • Creator Display Name: Unknown
  • Classification: Coins (Money)

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