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Calabria, Taras Silver Didrachm (c.Early 3rd Century BC) - obv. Horseman/rv. Taras on Dolphin NGC Ch. XF (Strike: 4/5, Surface: 4/5) [11261]

Calabria, Taras Silver Didrachm (c.Early 3rd Century BC) - obv. Horseman/rv. Taras on Dolphin NGC Ch. XF (Strike: 4/5, Surface: 4/5) [11261]
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Why add this Ancient Silver Didrachm of Taras to your collection?

Taras was a Greek colony located in modern day Taranto, in southern Italy, established by refugees of Sparta in 706 B.C. Situated on the shore of a naturally formed harbor, Taras flourished as a crucial maritime commercial port, its prosperity requiring the protection of skilled military forces. The Tarantines therefor minted a large amount of silver Didrachms in order to pay the wages of the city's dedicated soldiers.

Imagery representing Mythology of Taras

The name of the city is derived from Taras, the son of Poseidon. Taras is portrayed on the reverse, riding a dolphin. The image illustrates the 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. This image commemorates the collective passion of the population of Taras for breeding and care of horses.

Graded Choice Extremely Fine by NGC

This silver Didrachm struck in Calabria, early 3rd Century B.C., is graded Choice Extremely Fine, by NGC Ancients, the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation's (NGC) ancient coin specialists. Additionally graded 4/5 for both strike characteristics and condition of surface, this beautifully struck ancient coin, with a Sheldon Scale equivalent of 45, features complete image details with visible wear evident on the highest surfaces. The impressive condition of the coin is protected in a labeled NGC holder.

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Grading Service:NGC
Grade:Ch. XF
Composition:Silver
Country:Calabria, Taras
Legal Tender:Taras
Currency:Didrachm
Denomination:1