Stater of Velia (Hyele) with head of Athena

Classical or Early Hellenistic Period
400–317 B.C.

Mint: Lucania, Velia (Hyele)

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 0156.


Diameter: 21 mm. Weight: 7.80 gm.

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Obverse: Head of Athena right; in crested Athenian helmet; on bowl griffin’s left foreleg raised; on neckpiece, palmette; hair on forehead looped, in a bunch on cheek; dotted necklace.
Inscriptions in Greek behind neckpiece and in front of crest.
Reverse: Lion right seizing stag right, biting him in neck; stag’s head upwards, left foreleg bent and raised, other legs bent under; double ground line.
Inscription in Greek above.


By date unknown: Edward Herbert Bunbury Collection; by 1896: with Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, 13 Wellington Street, Strand, London (auction of the Edward Herbert Bunbury Collection, 13 Wellington Street, Strand, London, June 16, 1896, lot 175); by date unknown: Canon Greenwell Collection; July 1902: acquired from Canon Greenwell Collection by Edward Perry Warren (Regling, Die Griechischen Münzen der Sammlung Warren, no. 123); September 1904: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund