Stater of Olbia with kneeling Herakles

Early Classical Period
about 450–425 B.C.

Mint: Sarmatia, Olbia

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek Coins, 1950-1963 (MFA), no. 079.


Diameter: 23 mm. Weight: 11.31 gm.

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Medium or Technique


On View

Michael C. Ruettgers Gallery for Ancient Coins (Gallery 212C)


The Ancient World



Obverse: Youthful Herakles, wearing the lion’s skin over his head, kneels to right, with bow and arrow. Ground line.
Inscription in Greek at right.
Border of dots.
Reverse: Within rectangular incuse, wheel with four spokes and dotted rim, four dolphins around the outside corners.

Dynast is Eminacus.


Said to have been found at Parutino-Olbia in 1869; by date unknown: Grand Duke Alexander Michailovitch Collection; by 1932: R. Jameson Collection, part IV, no. 2536; by 1954: with Adolph Hess A.G., Haldenstrasse 5, Lucerne, Switzerland (Hess auction, April 14, 1954, Hotel Schweizerhof, Lucerne, lot 79); by 1959: with Münzen und Medaillen A.G., Malzgasse 25, Basel, Switzerland; September 19,1962: purchased by MFA from Münzen und Medaillen, A.G. for $ 810.00

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour