Oktadrachm of the Edones with herdsman and oxen, struck under Getas

Late Archaic Period
about 500 B.C.

Mint: Thrace and Macedonia, The Edones

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek Coins, 1950-1963 (MFA), no. 050.


Diameter: 32 mm. Weight: 28.98 gm. Die Axis: 12

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Obverse: Two oxen walking to right, on dotted ground line.
Behind, nude man standing to right, holding a horn of the far ox with his left hand.
At right, a cockle shell.
Border of dots.
Reverse: In square incuse, four-spoked wheel.
Inscription around wheel, within the incuse square.


By date unknown: Arthur M. Woodward Collection (said to have been purchased from Forrer); by date unknown: R. Cyril Lockett Collection (SNG, Lockett [1938], no. 3524); 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, 1958, lot 1188, with note on authenticity); by 1960: with Münzen und Medaillen A.G., Malzgasse 25, Basel, Switzerland; September 21, 1960: purchased by MFA from Münzen und Medaillen, A.G. for $ 3,000.00

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour