This spectacular 14K Gold Toggle Necklace with Sterling Silver chain is set with one of our favorite Greek coins - Boy on a Dolphin.
Denomination: Silver Nomos
Description: CALABRIA, Tarentum. Circa 333-331/0 BC. AR Nomos (22mm, 7.88 g, 12h). Nude horseman, wearing a shield on the left arm and holding two spears in the left hand, riding right, preparing to thrust the third spear held in right hand; Λ behind, N before, ΚΑΛ/[X] below / Phalanthos, tousling with the right hand the crest of a helmet held in his left, riding dolphin right; ΤΑΡΑΣ to left, ΚΑΛ below. VF, toned, areas of a flat strike. Nice metal.
Advantages: This pendant is completely unisex and could appeal to anyone from a student to a history buff, to people that love antiques, to anyone who appreciates the beauty and historic events. This necklace makes for a great conversation piece as well as a meaningful gift.
History: Taras was the son of Poseidon, god of the sea. Most of the coinage from the ancient city of Taras show the patron deity riding on the back of a dolphin, sometimes with his father's trident in one hand. The same image is depicted on the modern city emblem. The other side of the coin was usually dedicated to the Tarentines' particular love of horses and horse racing. One of the most popular stories of the founding of the city Taras is one involving dolphins. In 708 B.C. a group of Spartan refugees, following the instruction of the oracle at Delphi (whose name comes from the word for dolphin, and who is the sacred oracle of Apollo, whose symbol is the dolphin), set sail toward the southern end of the Italian peninsula to found a colony there. It is said that Phalanthos, the leader of the Spartan colonists, was shipwrecked before reaching land, but was saved by a dolphin that carried him to the shore. This tale echoes the popular Greek myth of Taras, son of Poseidon who was also saved from shipwreck by a dolphin. The city that was founded there was named Taras, in his honor, and the city's patron was Apollo, thus it was a natural that the standard of the city would be a boy riding a dolphin.
1. Avoid chemicals. Do not wear to hot tubs or sea.
2. To clean use a silver cloth on gold. Absolutely NO JEWELRY CLEANERS!
3. Best preserved in ziplock bag when not worn.
The jewelry made in the US.
The piece comes with a Certificate of Authenticity of the Coin.
Workmanship is guaranteed.
RETURNS: 2 weeks no questions asked. Time counts from the time you receive the item to the time you ship it back.