Tetradrachm of Athens with head of Athena

Greek
Classical Period
480–450 B.C. and later


Mint: Attica, Athens

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 1085.

Dimensions

Diameter: 25 mm. Weight: 17.06 gm.

Accession Number

00.261

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Coins

Obverse: Head of Athena of the later archaic style, to right, with round earring, bead-necklace, and Attic helmet. On the front ridge of the helmet three olive-leaves upright, the front olive-leaf showing only a little, on the back a floral scroll. Hair in rows of dots showing below the helmet. .
Reverse: Owl standing right, head facing front, wings closed.
Behind: crescent and olive twig with leaves and berry.
Inscription in Greek.

Provenance

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

Credit Line

Catharine Page Perkins Fund