Taras. Time of the Roman Alliance, 272 to 235 BC. Silver didrachm.

Ancient Coins - Taras. Time of the Roman Alliance, 272 to 235 BC. Silver didrachm.
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Taras is in Calabria in southern Italy, and is also known as Tarentum.  During the period of 272 to 235 BC, Taras was in an alliance with Rome, and the didrachms struck during this period are struck to a lower weight standard than the earlier issues.

Denomination : Silver didrachm (sometimes called a Nomos).

Date : 272 to 235 BC.

Size : 20.0 x 21.9 grams.  Weight : 6.23 grams.

Reference : Vlasto-446 to 449. Sear-374 variety.

Grade : VF/ good Fine (due to an area of weak strike) but the coin was a some time polished giving it a slightly soft apperance, especially on the reverse.

Obverse : Naked horseman (youth) riding left, with DI behind and tILWTAC below.

Reverse : Taras seated left on a dolphin, holding a small kautharos and distaff, with a small cock to the right, with TARAS below.

For reasons I do not understand, it has become fashionable to call this coin denomination of nomos.   The Greek word "nomos" appears to simply mean "acceptable currency" and is more an accounting term than the name of a specific coin type.  

Price SKU: vcoin3626
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