Tetradrachm of Byzantion with head of Demeter

Greek
Hellenistic Period
about 221 B.C.


Mint: Thrace, Byzantion

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek Coins, 1950-1963 (MFA), no. 069.

Dimensions

Diameter: 26 mm. Weight: 13.69 gm. Die Axis: 12

Accession Number

58.308

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Coins

Obverse: Head of Demeter to right, veiled and wearing a cornwreath.
Reverse: Poseidon, wearing a fillet and a cloak about his lower limbs, is seated to the right on a pile of rocks. He holds a trident in the left hand and an aphlaston in the raised right.
To the right, monograms; inscription below

Provenance

By date unknown: S. Pozzi Collection: by 1920: with Naville & Cie., 6 and 8 Rue Pécolat, Geneva, Switzerland (auction of the Pozzi Collection, Galeries Fischer, Lucerne, Switzerland, April 4ff., 1921, lot 1134); by date unknown: R. Cyril Lockett Collection (SNG, Lockett, 1938, no. 1178); by 1958: with Glendining & Co., Ltd., 7 Blenheim Street, New Bond Street, London, W. 1 (auction of the Lockett Collection, part 6, February 12-13, 1958, lot 1094); purchased at the Lockett auction on behalf of MFA by A. H. Baldwin & Sons, Ltd., 3 Robert Street, Adelphi, London, W.C. 2; March 13, 1958: purchased by MFA from A. H. Baldwin & Sons, Ltd. for
£ 5,354/8/0 (this is the total price of 58.301-58.313)

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour