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    Calabria, Taras. 281-272 B.C. AR (silver) didrachm (or stater). Youth on horseback right, being crowned by Nike flying right/Taras seated right on dolphin, holding trident and cornucopia. 6.58 g. SNG ANS 1232, Vlasto 922. AU55 ICG, obverse die unusually well-executed.
    How to organize the thousand or so city-states of the Greek world, most of which issued coins? Chronological arrangement works very well for Roman and U.S. coinages, but all the existing types, fabrics, artistry and geography of the more than 500 years of Greek coinage confound such an arrangement. Barclay V. Head, with his monumental Historia Numorum (first edition, 1886; third and best edition, 1911), promoted a geographical manner, west to east, which we still use today. In reading the above coin's description, then, the order of the elements begins with the province (Calabria is the "heel" part of the boot which Italy resembles on a map), Taras is the city (in Roman times, Tarentum, today's Taranto), date minted, denomination (AR = argentum or silver; AE = aes or copper alloy; AV = aurum or gold), followed by a description of the types, weight in grams (if struck in precious metal), reference, grade and estimate of today's collector value.
    From the Collection of Dr. Joseph M. Seventko. (NGC ID# 26MM, Variety PCGS# 100004, Base PCGS# 99966)

    Weight: 8.48 grams

    Metal: 91.67% Gold, 3% Silver , 5.33% Copper


    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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    27th-30th Saturday-Tuesday
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