Didrachm of Velia (Hyele) with head of Athena, signed by Philistion

Classical or Early Hellenistic Period
400–317 B.C.

Mint: Lucania, Velia (Hyele)

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 0154.


Diameter: 20 mm. Weight: 7.52 gm.

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Obverse: Head of Athena to right, wearing necklace, earrings and a crested Corinthian helmet, on which is a quadriga, driven by Nike. On neck-piece a horseman riding to right. On the band of the crest the artist’s signature in Greek.
Border of dots.
Reverse: Lion standing to left, head facing and lowered; left foreleg advanced; holding sword or spearhead in raised forepaw and jaws; above, Nike flying horizontally left, swinging bell attached to taenia with outstretched right and drawn-back left; ground line merging into crests of waves..
Inscription in Greek below.
Border of dots.


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

Credit Line

Catharine Page Perkins Fund