Hemidrachm of Arkadia with seated Zeus

Greek
Late Archaic or Early Classical Period
490–480 B.C.


Mint: Arkadia (Peloponnesos)

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 1245.

Dimensions

Diameter: 14 mm. Weight: 3.07 gm.

Accession Number

01.5493

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Coins

Obverse: Zeus enthroned to left, on a throne with a back ending in a swan’s head. Eagle flies left from his right hand, sceptre in left.
Reverse: WithIn incuse square Archaic head of Despoina to left, her hair bound by a broad fillet from which rise three leaves. She wears pendant earring and pendant necklace.
Inscription in Greek.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; 1901: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 22,142.63 (this figure is the total price for MFA 01.5425-01.5657)

Credit Line

Catharine Page Perkins Fund