Tetradrachm of Abdera with seated griffin, struck under Polykrates

Classical Period
386/385–375 B.C.

Mint: Thrace, Abdera

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek Coins, 1950-1963 (MFA), no. 063.


Diameter: 24 mm. Weight: 11.21 gm. Die Axis: 7

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Obverse: Griffin reclining to left, right foreleg raised. Ground line; border of dots.
Above griffin, inscription.
Overstruck, possible lettering on obverse.
Reverse: Artemis, standing to right, holds bow and arrow in left hand and branch in right hand; a stag (or fawn) beside her.
At left upwards, inscription, all in incuse square.


By date unknown: Rhousopoulos collection; by 1905: with Jacob Hirsch, Arcisstrasse 17, Munich, Germany (Hirsch auction 13 [Rhousopoulos Collection], May 15 ff., 1905, lot 518); by date unknown: S. Pozzi Collection: by 1920: with Naville & Cie., 6 and 8 Rue Pécolat, Geneva, Switzerland (auction of the Pozzi Collection, Galeries Fischer, Lucerne, Switzerland, April 4ff., 1921, lot 1091); by 1934: with Ars Classica S.A., 31 Quai du Mont-Blanc, Geneva (Ars Classica auction 17, Hôtel Schweizerhof, Lucerne, October 3ff., 1934, lot 390); by date unknown: R. Cyril Lockett Collection (SNG, Lockett, 1938, no. 1133); by 1958: with Glendining & Co., Ltd., 7 Blenheim Street, New Bond Street, London, W. 1 (auction of the Lockett Collection, part 6, February 12-13, 1958, lot 1048); purchased at the Lockett 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