AR Tarentum, Calabria Nomos 212-209 B.C.(3.8g) under occupation by Hannibal
O: Helmeted soldier riding horse to r. and hld. palm branch; lettering below; VLASTO-984
R: Taras astride dolphin hld. kantharos on r.hand, trident in l., eagle
above dolphin's tail; TARAS below
G: Mint State
S: Harlan J.Berk, Ltd. South Italian Hoard 5/94; 6/7/94
"In 212 B.C. Hannibal captured Tarentum, although a Roman garrison held out in a fort on the harbor preventing his use of the only major port he would gain. Capua fell to the Romans in 211 B.C. and the Roman commander ordered the executions of the city's leading citizens and sold much of the population into slavery. In 209 B.C. the Romans recaptured Tarentum, sacked it and enslaved its inhabitants. After this date Hannibal and his depleted army were more or less confined to Bruttium and the extreme south of Italy." Boatwright, M.T. et al, 2012.