Stater of Byblos with sphinx

Greek
Early Classical Period
about 450–410 B.C.


Mint: Phoenicia, Byblos

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek Coins, 1950-1963 (MFA), no. 299.

Dimensions

Diameter: 21.5 mm. Weight: 9.45 gm. Die Axis: 12

Accession Number

55.88

Medium or Technique

Silver

On View

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

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Coins

Obverse: Crowned Egyptian sphinx crouching to left, with pschent headdress.
Reverse: Stylized floral design (double lotus or “thunderbolt”) within dotted circle, all in incuse square.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Jacob Hirsch, New York, N.Y.; March 10, 1955: purchased by MFA from Jacob Hirsch for $ 750.00

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour