Didrachm of the Brettian League with busts of the Dioskouroi

Greek
Hellenistic Period
about 216–203 B.C.


Mint: Bruttium, Rhegion (probably)

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 0162.

Dimensions

Diameter: 21 mm. Weight: 5.55 gm.

Accession Number

97.435

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Coins

Obverse: Busts of the Dioskouroi to right, jugate; each with laureate pileus, above which eight-pointed star; short hair, beardless; chlamys buttoned on right shoulder.
At left, cornucopiae.
Inscription in Greek in left field.
Border of dots.
Reverse: Dioskouroi on horses prancing right; each with pileus, above which, eight-pointed star; chlamys flying in wind; right hand raised in salutation; palm branch over left shoulder; below right, a club with spear-butt attached horizontally right; ground line.
Inscriptions in Greek behind horses and in exergue.
Plain border.

Provenance

By date unknown: H. Hyman Montagu Collection; by 1896: with Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, Wellington Street, Strand, London (auction of the Montagu Collection, no. 65); by 1897: with Edward Perry Warren; 1897: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 25,000.00 (this figure is the total price for MFA 97.285-97.442 and 97.1104)

Credit Line

Catharine Page Perkins Fund