Ancient Greece - AR Didrachm - Taras ( Boy on the Dolphin) - Circa (281-240 BC) - Mounted in 18K gold

Denomination:  AR Didrachm                                              

Date:  Circa 281 - 240 BC

Mint:  Calabria. Tarentum.                                                   

Mount: 18 kt Gold - Accented with Rubies on the bale.

Weight: 6.04 Grams (21mm, 6h)

Grade: NGC (6330395-002) Very Fine (Strike 4/5 - Surface 4/5) 

Description: Obverse: Armored warrior on galloping horse right, wearing helmet, shield on left arm, spear forward in right; APIΣTOK below, ΘI behind / ΤΑΡΑΣ, Reverse: Taras, nude, astride dolphin left, head facing, trident in right hand over shoulder, chlamys on left arm and flying behind; being crowned by Nike flying right above, rudder below. 

History: Taras, according to Greek Mythology, was the son of Poseidon, the Greek god of the Sea. Legend has it that as a youth, Tara was saved from a shipwreck by riding a dolphin that was sent to him by Poseidon.  The dolphin took Taras to shore upon his back and in honor of his rescue, he founded a city at the place where they landed. Most Greek cities had foundation mythologies, which tell of the circumstances under which a city was founded. One of the most interesting of all is that of the South Italian city of Taras. It was originally populated around the 8th century BC by people from the Greek city state of Sparta, but in Greek mythology it was founded with the help of the gods. During the 4th and 5th centuries BC, Taras became the most important Greek city in Southern Italy, ruling over other Greek colonies. However, in 272 BC Taras finally surrendered to the Romans who were expanding throughout Italy.

This is very similar to the image that is depicted on the modern city emblem today. The city of Taras is well known for the many equestrian athletic events.

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