Obverse: A nude, helmeted horseman astride rearing horse holding shield and spears; he lances with another spear downwards to right. Inscribed below horse: ΣΑ [SA]. Reverse: Taras, helmeted, seated on a dolphin facing left, holds a trident over his right shoulder, and in his left he holds a round shield depicting a hippocamp; murex shell below. Inscribed: vertically, above the tail of the dolphin TΑΡΑΣ [TARAS], and in the field in front of Taras, ΦΙ [Phi]. 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 (Front)
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 334–302 B.C.
  • Location Created: Taras, South Italy
  • Physical Dimensions: 2.5 cm (1 in.)
  • Type: Coin
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Silver
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 82.NB.118.5
  • 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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