Stater of Aptera with head of Artemis

Classical or Early Hellenistic Period
4th century B.C.

Mint: Crete, Aptera

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek Coins, 1950-1963 (MFA), no. 109.


Diameter: 26 mm. Weight: 10.88 gm. Die Axis: 12

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Obverse: Head of Artemis to right, wearing complex earring, necklace, and stephane enriched with palmettes.
Inscription in field at right.
Reverse: Warrior (Apteras, called Ptolioecus) standing facing, head left, wearing crested helmet and cuirass. He holds a spear and a shield enriched with a many-pointed star in the left hand; the right hand is raised toward a small tree at the left. Ground line.
Inscription on either side of warrior. Inscription blurred and indistinct.


By 1955: with Münzen und Medaillen A.G., Malzgasse 25, Basel, Switzerland; purchased by MFA from Münzen und Medaillen A.G., March 10, 1955, for $ 1,900.00 (the total price for MFA 55.95-55.97)

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour