Hemidrachm of Arkadia with seated Zeus

Late Archaic or Early Classical Archaic Period
490–480 B.C.

Mint: Arkadia (Peloponnesos)

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 1242.


Diameter: 13 mm. Weight: 3.03 gm.

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Obverse: Zeus, laureate, seated to left on a throne with a swan’s head back. His mantle covers the upper as well as lower part of his figure. Sceptre in right hand, thunderbolt in left, the latter resting on his lap. An eagle flies towards him.
Reverse: In incuse square, archaic head of Despoina to right, with her hair enveloped in a sakkos or net (covered with cross-hatched lines), which has a loop at the back. Her necklace is a cord or band with a single pendant in front.
Dotted line at the base of the neck.
Note: There is no Inscription on the reverse. The handwritten inscription attached to this record is incorrect.


By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; 1901: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 22,142.63 (this figure is the total price for MFA 01.5425-01.5657)

Credit Line

Catharine Page Perkins Fund