Nommos of Herakleia with head of Athena

Classical Period
about 370 B.C.

Mint: Lucania, Herakleia

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek Coins, 1950-1963 (MFA), no. 002.


Diameter: 22.5 mm. Weight: 7.81 gm. Die Axis: 6

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Obverse: Head of Athena to right, wearing a crested helmet ornamented with Skylla carrying a paddle or rudder over her left shoulder.
Reverse: Herakles at left, wrestling with the lion; at left, a scallop shell.
Below left, a club (off the flan).
Inscriptions at left and right.


By date unknown: Sir Arthur Evans collection; by date unknown: R. Jameson Collection (Monnaies Grecques, vol. 1, 1913, no. 240); by 1959: with Münzen und Medaillen A.G., Malzgasse 25, Basel, Switzerland (Münzen und Medaillen A.G. auction 19, June 5-6, 1959, lot 325); purchased at the Münzen und Medaiien auction on behalf of MFA by Leu & Company, Bahnhofstrasse 32, Zurich, Switzerland; purchased by MFA from Leu & Company, September 17, 1959, for $ 5,457.85 (this is the total price for 59.483-59.489)

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour