Tetradrachm of Abdera with seated griffin, struck under Philados

Classical Period
411/410–386/385 B.C.

Mint: Thrace, Abdera

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek Coins, 1950-1963 (MFA), no. 061.


Diameter: 25 mm. Weight: 11.65 gm. Die Axis: 7

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Obverse: Griffin seated to left; in front, an insect. Border of dots.
Inscription above.
Reverse: Wreathed and bearded Herakles seated to left on lion’s skin spread over a rock; in his right hand his club, resting on the right knee.
Inscription in left field, upwards, and right field, downwards, within an incuse square, with line border.


By 1889: Sir Hermann Weber Collection; 1918: purchased from H. Weber's estate by Spink & Son Limited, 17 & 18 Piccadilly, London, W 1 (L. Forrer, The Weber Collection, vol. 2, no. 2379: acquired from J. P. Lambros, 1889); by 1922: with Naville & Cie, 6 and 8 Rue Pécolat, Geneva, Switzerland (Naville auction 4, Les Galeries Fischer, Lucerne, Switzerland, June 17 and 19, 1922, lot 486); by date unknown: R. Cyril Lockett Collection (SNG Lockett, 1938, no. 1132); 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 1047); 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