Oktadrachm of the Orreskioi with herdsman guiding two bulls
Early Classical Period
about 480–465 B.C.
Mint: Thrace, uncertain mint
Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 0592.
Diameter: 38 mm. Weight: 28.29 gm.
Medium or Technique
Michael C. Ruettgers Gallery for Ancient Coins (Gallery 212C)
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.
By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; 1900: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren
Catharine Page Perkins Fund