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Stater of Tarentum

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Artist Unidentified


Stater of Tarentum

Creation Date

272 BCE-235 BCE


3rd century BCE

Object Type


Creation Place

Ancient Mediterranean, Greece

Medium and Support


Credit Line

Gift of the Board of Governors, Collection of Henry Johnson, Class of 1874


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The Roman sestertius was introduced around 211 BCE as a small silver coin valued at one-quarter of a denarius and was minted sporadically until the Imperial Period. During the coinage reforms instituted under Augustus, the sestertius was reintroduced as a large denomination made of orichalcum (brass). Their large size gave caelatores, or engravers, a large circular area in which to produce detailed portraits and elaborate designs on the reverse (tails).

Keywords: Greek