Drachm of Pharsalos with head of Athena

Classical Period
400–390 B.C.

Mint: Thessaly, Pharsalos

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 0925.


Diameter: 20 mm. Weight: 5.84 gm.

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Obverse: Head of Athena to right in crested Athenian helmet with ear pieces and griffin; the hair falls in locks below.
Behind neck: Greek letter theta.
Reverse: In incuse, a youth with petasos and short chiton on horse prancing to right; he holds reins in left hand and raises right hand with whip.
On flank of horse: brandmark.
Inscription in Greek around.


By date unknown: Ferdinand Bompois Collection; 1882: auction of the Ferdinand Bompois Collection, January 16ff., 1882, Hotel des Commissaires-Priseurs, Rue Drouot 5, Paris, France, lot 949 (unillustrated); by date unknown: Canon Greenwell Collection; July 1902: acquired from Canon Greenwell Collection by Edward Perry Warren (Regling, Die Griechischen Münzen der Sammlung Warren, no. 721); September 1904: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund