Oktadrachm of the Orreskioi with herdsman guiding two bulls

Greek
Early Classical Period
about 480–465 B.C.


Mint: Thrace, uncertain mint

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 0592.

Dimensions

Diameter: 38 mm. Weight: 28.29 gm.

Accession Number

00.125

Medium or Technique

Silver

On View

Michael C. Ruettgers Gallery for Ancient Coins (Gallery 212C)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Coins

Obverse: Herdsman walking right between two bulls walking right, far one with head raised; nude, bearded, in flat, broad-brimmed hat; hair dotted, in bunch at back; upper body in front view; right hand drawn back, holding staves diagonally upwards; outstretched left hand pressing against neck of far animal.
Below right, an akanthos flower.
Inscription in Greek.
Dotted ground line.
Border of dots.
Reverse: Fourpart incuse square; surfaces raised.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; 1900: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren

Credit Line

Catharine Page Perkins Fund