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Calabria, Taras Silver Didrachm (c.Early 3rd Century BC) - obv. Rider Crowns Horse/rv. Taras on Dolphin NGC MS (Strike: 4/5, Surface: 4/5 - Fine Style)

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Calabria, Taras Silver Didrachm (c.Early 3rd Century BC) - obv. Rider Crowns Horse/rv. Taras on Dolphin NGC MS (Strike: 4/5, Surface: 4/5 - Fine Style)
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Why add this Ancient Silver Didrachm to your collection?

The Greek colony of Taras was established in 706 BC by refugees from Sparta in the area currently known as Taranto, in southern Italy. The geography of the city created a natural harbor, which quickly became an important commercial center that needed a defensive military force. Soldier's salaries would have been a large drain on the city's treasury so the Tarantines mined and minted a large amount of silver didrachms. They remained an important trading port for more than two hundred years before they were brought into the Roman Empire by conquest in 207 BC.

Patron symbol of Taras graces the coin

The city is named for Taras, the patron diety. The son of Poseidon, Taras is featured on the reverse riding a dolphin. The image is from the founding myth that Poseidon sent a dolphin to rescue Taras after a shipwreck. The obverse depicts a youth on horseback reaching up to crown a horse with a wreath. Interestingly, peoples from the coastal city of Taras were also dedicated horsemen.

Mint State Fine Style Ancient Coin

This silver Didrachm, struck in the early 3rd Century BC, is graded Mint State (Sheldon Scale equivalent of 60-62) by independent experts at the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC), with additional grading of 4/5 for strike and surface characteristics. This coin also earned the NGC designation of Fine Style, indicating that the coin will have exceptional visual design impact.

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Year of Issue:c.Early 3rd Century BC
Mint:Ancient Mint
Grading Service:NGC
Grade:MS
Composition:Silver
Weight in Grams:7.86 g
Country:Greek City of Taras
Legal Tender:Greek City of Taras
Currency:Drachm
Denomination:2