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Tetradrachm of Athens with head of Athena

about 515–510 B.C.


Dimensions

Diameter: 25 mm. Weight: 17.17 gm.

Accession Number

00.253

Medium or Technique

Silver

On View

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

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Numismatics , Coins

Obverse: Head of Athena to right, wearing crested Athenian helmet with a heavy visor. The hair on her forehead and below neckpiece is in rows of dotted lines. Base of neckpiece dotted and dotted necklace.
Reverse: Owl standing right, head facing, olive-spray in upper left corner.
Inscription in Greek. All within incuse.

Provenance

By date unknown: Edward Herbert Bunbury Collection; by 1896: with Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, 13 Wellington Street, Strand, London (auction of the Edward Herbert Bunbury Collection, 13 Wellington Street, Strand, London, June 22, 1896, lot 976); probably purchased at Bunbury auction by Edward Perry Warren; 1900: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren

Credit Line

Catharine Page Perkins Fund