Obverse: Nude horseman astride galloping horse holding shield and two spears with left hand; he lances downwards to right with another spear held in his right hand; to right (?) letter. Below horse: ΣΑ [SA]. Reverse: Taras astride dolphin to left, holding distaff in left hand, right arm extended and below the arm, a pellet or dot; below dolphin, the prow of a ship. To right, above tail of dolphin, vertically: 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 (Front)
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 334–302 B.C.
  • Location Created: Tarentum (Taras), South Italy
  • Physical Dimensions: 0.0079 kg (0.0174 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.118.4
  • 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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