A silver Drachm from the town of Tarentum (Taras) in Italy, circa 300 BC
Mint: Tarentum

Obverse Description

Head of Athena facing left wearing crested helmet decorated with Skylla.

Reverse Description

Owl, wings outstretched, standing on thunderbolt facing. Around in Greek, [TAR]ANTINOM SOS

Edge Description


More Information

  • Collection Names

    Eugene von Guerard Collection

  • Collecting Areas

    Numismatics & Philately

  • Acquisition Information

    Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 15 Mar 1976

  • Date Issued

    circa 300 BC

  • Issued By

    Tarentum, Calabria, Italy, Ancient Greek States

  • Previous Collection

    Eugene von Guerard, Melbourne, Greater Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, pre 1880
    Listed in Eugene von Guerard's catalogue, vol.1, p.8A. Acquired from Garibaldi of Melbourne probably in the late 1870s. Garibaldi's entries are always in red ink and inserted into the earlier text (see also 'O.C.' entries). Coin found in NGV Safe during McArthur Bequest incorporation, about 1904. Previous note says "Does not come from von Guerard and no earlier record of the piece yet found."

  • Denomination


  • Material


  • Axis


  • Classification

    Coins, Ancient greek states - calabria, Working strikes

  • Category

    History & Technology

  • Discipline


  • Type of item


  • Dimensions

    16 mm (Outside Diameter), 3.058 g (Weight)

  • Shape


  • References

    BMC. Italy p. 202 no. 317 cf Sear.373
    [Book] Poole, Reginald S. 1873. A Catalogue of the Greek Coins in the British Museum, Italy., 202 Pages
    [Catalogue] Pullin, Ruth. 2011. Nature Revealed: Eugene von Guerard.
    [Book] Sear, David R. 1978. Greek Coins and Their Values, Europe. I., 44 Pages

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