Friday, 9 March 2018

Horses on Ancient Coins

Human appreciation of horses dates back millennia, as witnessed by their appearance in 30,000 year old cave art in France.

Horses figure prominently on ancient coinage. The city of Taras, known to the Romans a Tarentum, was founded by Greek colonists from Sparta along a large, natural harbor on the instep of the “heel” of Italy. Its coinage often celebrated the horse.

Coinage of Larissa - fourth century B.C