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Stater (Coin) Depicting a Horseman

A work made of silver.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of silver.

Date:

380-345 BCE

Artist:

Greek; minted in Taras (modern Taranto), Italy

About this artwork

The front (obverse) of this coin depicts a nude horseman galloping to the left, holding a shield. The back (reverse) depicts Taras, nude, riding on a dolphin to the left.

The boy riding the dolphin on this coin represents Taras, the son of Poseidon, the god of the sea. According to the founding myth of the city of Taras (Tarentum), when Taras was lost at sea, a dolphin rescued him and deposited him on the shore of Calabria in Italy, where the city of Taras grew and prospered. When this coin was struck, four hundred years after the city’s founding, the philosopher Archytas ruled Taras. His coinage is known for the beauty of its design.

On View

Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium, Gallery 151

Culture

Ancient Greek

Title

Stater (Coin) Depicting a Horseman

Origin

Taranto

Date

Struck 380 BCE–345 BCE

Medium

Silver

Inscriptions

Obverse: Π Reverse: ΤΑΡΑΣ Α

Dimensions

Diam. 2 cm; 7.95 g

Credit Line

Gift of Martin A. Ryerson

Reference Number

1922.4915

Extended information about this artwork

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