Tetradrachm of Abdera with griffin, struck under Molgados

Early Classical Period
about 473–448 B.C.

Mint: Thrace, Abdera

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek Coins, 1950-1963 (MFA), no. 060.


Diameter: 28 mm. Weight: 14.99 gm. Die Axis: 5

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On View

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


The Ancient World



Obverse: Griffin to left, both forelegs raised; above ground line, crayfish to right. Border of dots.
Reverse: Incuse square with inscription around inner square with young male head to left.


By date unknown: Clarence S. Bement Collection; by 1923: with Naville & Cie, 6 & 8 Rue Pécolat, Geneva, Switzerland (Naville auction 6: Bement Collection, Hôtel Schweizerhof, Lucerne, Switzerland, January 28ff., 1924, lot 838; from the R. Allatini Collection, London); by date unknown: R. Cyril Lockett Collection (SNG Lockett, 1938, no. 1129); by 1958: with Glendining & Co., Ltd., 7 Blenheim Street, New Bond Street, London, W. 1 (Glendining auction of the Lockett Collection, part 6, February 12-13, 1958, lot 1044); purchased at the Glendining auction on behalf of MFA by A. H. Baldwin & Sons, Ltd., 3 Robert Street, Adelphi, London, W.C. 2; March 13, 1958: purchased by MFA from A. H. Baldwin & Sons, Ltd. for £ 5,354/8/0 (this is the total price of 58.301-58.313)

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour