TARENTUM SILVER DIDRACHM – EXCEPTIONAL VICTORIOUS HORSERIDER TYPE PUBLISHED IN FISCHER-BOSSERT – XF FINE STYLE NGC GRADED GREEK CALABRIA COIN (Inv. 15845)
CALABRIA. TARENTUM. Ca. 340-334 BC.
Silver didrachm (nomos), 6.79 g, 19 mm
Obv. Youthful horserider right, crowned by Nike right, as a standing nude youth grabs the reings of the horse to stop it, Z below.
Rev. TAPAΣ, dolphin rider left, holding cup, K in right field.
Fischer-Bossert Group 53, 715i ( this coin); Vlasto 527 (same dies); HN Italy 892; SNG Lloyd 117 (same dies); de Luynes 296 (same dies).
Ex Prospero Collection, New York Sale XXVII, 1/4/2012, lot 26 = Gorny & Mosch 52, 11/6/1990, lot 16
NGC graded XF, Strike 4/5, Surface 4/5, FINE STYLE, overstruck, with pleasant gray cabinet patina and golden highlights around the devices. A charming type showing what is likely the successful end of a race, Nike crowning the rider, his horse coming in and rearing as he is grabbed and stopped by a waiting companion.