Obverse: Nude boy rider crowning his horse, which stands facing left with right foreleg raised; to right, cornucopiae. Beneath horse, inscribed but heavily obscured, [-Α] ΓΕΑϹ [-AGEAS]. Reverse: Taras astride dolphin to left, trident in left hand, kantharos in right. Below dolphin, inscribed: TΑΡΑΣ [TARAS]; inscribed vertically below trident, ΓΟΛΥ [GOLU]. 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: 270–250 B.C.
  • Location Created: Tarentum (Taras), South Italy
  • Physical Dimensions: 0.0063 kg (0.0139 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.118.13
  • 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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