Stater of Phaistos with Herakles battling Hydra

Greek
Classical Period
about 380–340 B.C.


Mint: Crete, Phaistos

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek Coins, 1950-1963 (MFA), no. 124.

Dimensions

Diameter: 26 mm. Weight: 11.61 gm. Die Axis: 12

Accession Number

58.706

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Coins

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.
Above: inscription.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Byron Zoumboulakis, Geneva, Switzerland; purchased by MFA from Byron Zoumboulakis, September 18, 1958, for
$ 650.00

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour