Tetradrachm of Kyrene with silphion plant

Greek
Classical Period
480–435 B.C.


Mint: Cyrenaica, Kyrene

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 1309.

Dimensions

Diameter: 27 mm. Weight: 16.98 gm.

Accession Number

04.1205

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Coins

Obverse: Silphion plant with pairs of leaves.
Reverse: In incuse circle, bearded head of Zeus Ammon to right with ram’s horns; hair represented by dots on forehead, and gathered in braid behind.
Beaded line at edge of neck.
Inscription in Greek at right.
Beaded border.

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 listed as Greenwell by Regling.

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund