Oktadrachm of Abdera with seated griffin

Archaic Period
520/515–492 B.C.

Mint: Thrace, Abdera

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek Coins, 1950-1963 (MFA), no. 059.


Diameter: 28 mm. Weight: 29.45 gm.

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Obverse: Griffin seated to left with raised right foreleg and unfeathered, rounded wing. In front, grapes. Filleted and dotted ground line.
Reverse: Quadripartite incuse square, granulated.


By 1933: with Ars Classica S.A., 31 Quai du Mont-Blanc, Geneva, Switzerland (Ars Classica auction 16, Hôtel Schweizerhof, Lucerne, Switzerland, July 3ff., 1933, lot 1063); by date unknown: R. Cyril Lockett Collection (SNG Lockett, 1938, no. 1110); by 1958: with Glendining & Co., Ltd., 7 Blenheim Street, New Bond Street, London, W. 1 (Glendining auction of the Lockett Collection, part 6, February 12-13, 1958, lot 1025); purchased at the Glendining auction on behalf of MFA by A. H. Baldwin & Sons, Ltd., 3 Robert Street, Adelphi, London, W.C. 2; March 13, 1958: purchased by MFA from A. H. Baldwin & Sons, Ltd. for £ 5,354/8/0 (this is the total price of 58.301-58.313)

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour