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Taras, Calabria
302-228 BC
AR Obol (10mm, 0.53g)
O: Kantharos; three pellets around.
R: Kantharos with bunch of grapes to right; pellets around.
Vlasto 1661 (this coin); Cote ---
Scarce
From the M.P Vlasto collection; ex Den of Antiquity

The kantharos device on this series of coins may refer to the influence upon the Tarentines of the local cult of Chthonic Dionysus, and a festival to Him was held annually within the city.

"To the must-drinking Satyrs and to Bacchus, planter of the vine, Heronax consecrated the first handfuls of his plantation, these three casks from three vineyards, filled with the first flow of the wine; from which we, having poured such libation as is meet to crimson Bacchus and the Satyrs, will drink deeper than they."

~ 'The Vintage Revel', Leonidas of Tarentum
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Taras  [Jan 20, 2013 at 10:47 PM]
A coin from the Vlasto collection? I missed this your acquisition Peter. Congratulations! Wonderful!!