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    Ancient Greek Boy on the Dolphin Silver Nomos 272 BC Necklace in 14K Gold | Artifact #5225

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    The Legendary "Boy on the Dolphin" Ancient Greek Nomos - Riding the Waves

    Please Note: This is an authentic Ancient Greek Treasure Coin, and you will receive the exact pendant in the photographs and description.

    The story of the Taras Greek Nomos – the legendary “Boy on the Dolphin” coin of ancient Greek fame starts not at the southern end of the Italian peninsula where it was minted, but in far-away Sparta, the mythic military state only conquered by an alliance of Greek states after centuries of military dominance.

    Why? It was refugees being forced from Sparta who founded Taras. Legend tells us that these refuges sought counsel from the Oracle at Delphi before their departure from Greece. They were told to establish a colony at the southern end of the Italian Peninsula, and so they set sail, arriving at the first safe-harbor on the Mediterranean after leaving Greek lands.

    But the voyage was not without incident… 
    Whether myth, fable or fact, it is recorded that before the leader of the Spartan colonists, Phalanthos, could reach land, his ship was wrecked. Too far from land to swim, Phalanthos would have been lost had it not been for Poseidon, the Greek sea god, who sent a dolphin to save him. Phalanthos rode the dolphin to safe harbor, saving the leader of the new colony.

    Your Ancient Greek Nomos Necklace

    • Denomination: Nomos
    • Date: 281 - 272 BC
    • Mint: Tarentum (Taras) in Calabria
    • Obverse (Front): The Dioscouri riding left with a monogram above and between the heads - The Dioscouri were the twin brother Greek gods, Castor and Pollus (in Latin, the twins are known as the Gemini, which literally means "Twins"), who where the protectors of sailors.
    • Reverse (Back): Taras (see below) astride a dolphin swimming left, holding Nike (the Greek goddess who personified victory)and a round shield, with waves below
    • Bezel Metal: 14K Gold
    • Articulating Nautical Shackle Bail Interior Diameter: Will accommodate chain or leather necklace up to 5.8 mm
    • Pendant Size: 1” Across, 1 3/8” Tall - The diameter of a US quarter. Perfect pendant size for a lady or gentleman

    April's Notes: The detail on this coin is exquisite, and this issue, with not only the boy on the dolphin, but the waves below, makes it even more rare. Add to that the Dioscouri, who were the Greek gods who protected sailors, ant this coin is perfect for anyone with a love of the sea. (Please note: these coins are difficult to photograph and get the depth and detail of the coin in hand... we often hear "wow, it looks so much better in hand!")

    The story is reminiscent of the Greek myth of Taras, the son of Poseidon, who was saved from the same fate by a dolphin when his vessel shipwrecked. Thus, Phalanthos’ new colony was named Taras, in honor of Poseidon, his son Taras, and the beloved dolphins – the helpers of the gods.

    The patron god of Taras became Apollo, and its symbol, the boy riding the dolpin. Astride the dolphin of Taras is a youth being born above the waves by his faithful companion. Throughout the centuries and millennia and into today, the boy riding a dolphin takes center stage on the city’s Coat of Arms.

    Your Ancient Greek Coin Pendant comes with:

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    2. A Detailed, Multi-Page Certificate of Authenticity Researched and Written by April Knecht
    3. Treasure Hunters Gazette Booklet
    4. A Gift Box
    5. A Treasure Jewelry Care Card

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