Stater of Phaistos with Herakles battling Hydra
about 380–340 B.C.
Mint: Crete, Phaistos
Greek Coins, 1950-1963 (MFA), no. 124.
Diameter: 26 mm. Weight: 11.61 gm. Die Axis: 12
Medium or Technique
Not On View
Obverse: Herakles to left, seen from the back, striking with club in right hand at Hydra. He wears the lion’s skin over his left shoulder; at his feet, a crab.
Reverse: Bull butting to right. Ground line.
By date unknown: with Byron Zoumboulakis, Geneva, Switzerland; purchased by MFA from Byron Zoumboulakis, September 18, 1958, for
Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour