Hemidrachm of Abdera with leaping griffin, struck under Herophanes

Classical Period
411/410–386/385 B.C.

Mint: Thrace, Abdera

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 0766.


Diameter: 15 mm. Weight: 2.83 gm.

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Obverse: Griffin sitting up to left, with raised wings.
Inscription in Greek in field at right.
Reverse: Head of Hermes to left, wearing a broad-brimmed petasos, within a square.
At the left of his head a kerykeion. Inscription in Greek around outside the square.


By date unknown: James Whittall Collection; by 1884: with Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, 13 Wellington Street, Strand, London (auction of the James Whittall Collection, July 10ff., 1884, lot 260 [partial, not illustrated]); by date unknown: Canon Greenwell Collection; July 1902: acquired from Canon Greenwell Collection by Edward Perry Warren (Regling, Die Griechischen Münzen der Sammlung Warren, no. 456); September 1904: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund