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A Funny, Rare & Unusual Ancient Greek Coin, Near Mint State!

This silver nomos was struck circa 240-228 BC at Tarentum, Calabria. It shows a young horseman with his head thrown playfully back while riding a leaping horse.  ΖΩΠΥΡΙΩΝ is written below the horse along with a  ΣΩ above a bukranion. The reverse shows Taras astride a dolphin, holding a hippocamp in his extended right hand and a trident in his left. There is a mask of Silenos behind him with a monogram and TAPAΣ is written below.

This coin is very rare and in a near mint state. It is unusual in that the rider’s head is thrown so far back and facing the viewer of the coin. It is a unique, ancient numismatic treasure.

The pasture lands in the vicinity of Tarentum produced a fine breed of horses and the Tarentine were famous for their cavalry and horseback skills which is why horses and riders appear on the coins of Tarentum.

Ancient legends says that Taras, the founder of the first Iapygian settlement on at Tarentum, was miraculously saved from shipwreck by the intervention of his father Poseidon, who sent a dolphin, on whose back he was carried to the shore. This mythology found its way onto Tarentine coinage as well.

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Calabria
La leggenda racconta che a fondare questa minuscola località calabra (tra i comuni più piccoli d’Italia) sia stato Ercole dopo aver vinto la battaglia contro i Giganti. Ma sono tante le storie nate intorno al borgo e ai suoi scogli, come quello chiamato “a Pizzuta” dove si dice fosse legato il Ciclope d’Ulisse. Tropea ha spiagge e mare da sogno, chiese e suggestivi palazzi normanni. Si possono fare escursioni in mare tra calette e grotte oppure immersioni secondo l’itinerario subacqueo che va dal relitto di una nave della II Guerra Mondiale alla Secca del Monaco dove le acque sono profonde 80 metri.
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Why the Italian Sea is so clear?

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Arcomagno bay - San Nicola Arcella da Stefano Contin
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Soverato, estate da Maria Luisa
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