Tetradrachm of Akragas (Agrigentum) with crab and dolphin

Greek
Classical Period
413–406 B.C.


Mint: Sicily, Akragas (Agrigentum)

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 0236.

Dimensions

Diameter: 11 mm. Weight: 1.32 gm.

Accession Number

04.429

Medium or Technique

Gold

Not On View

Collections

Europe, The Ancient World

Classifications

Coins

Obverse: Crab.
Blow, dolphin left.
Plain border.
Reverse: Eagle standing left on rocks, wings closed, bending over to attack serpent held in its talons and striking upwards.
Inscription in Greek.
Plain border.

Comparanda: Probably emergency issue in war against Carthage during which the city was destroyed (406 B.C.)

Provenance

By date unknown: Canon Greenwell Collection; July 1902: acquired from Canon Greenwell Collection by Edward Perry Warren; September 1904: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren

Not from the Greenwell collection according to Regling.

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund