Hemidrachm of Arkadia with seated Zeus

Greek
Early Classical Period
480–450 B.C.


Mint: Arkadia (Peloponnesos)

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 1247.

Dimensions

Diameter: 14 mm. Weight: 2.67 gm.

Accession Number

01.5499

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Coins

Obverse: Zeus, 3/4 back view, seated to right, on a throne with swan’s head back, eagle flying from right hand, sceptre in left.
Double-struck.
Reverse: Head of Despoina facing 3/4 to right, with plain necklace, no fillet or earring, her hair in a series of waves, parted in the center and tied in a knot behind.
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