Tetradrachm of Ainos with head of Hermes

Greek
Early Classical Period
about 474–472 B.C.


Mint: Thrace, Ainos

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek Coins, 1950-1963 (MFA), no. 064.

Dimensions

Diameter: 25 mm. Weight: 15.92 gm. Die Axis: 11

Accession Number

58.306

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Coins

Obverse: Head of youthful Hermes in profile to right, wearing close-fitting petasos with pearled band above brim.
Reverse: Caduceus set diagonally across incuse square.
Inscription around caduceus (reversed).

Provenance

By 1907: with Jacob Hirsch, Arcisstrasse 17, Munich, Germany (Hirsch auction 18, May 27ff., 1907, lot 2307; by 1928: with Ars Classica, 31 Quai du Mont-Blanc, Geneva, Switzerland (Ars Classica auction 13, Hôtel
Schweizerhof, Lucerne, Switzerland, June 27-29, 1928, lot 575); by 1929: with Ars Classica, 31 Quai du Mont-Blanc, Geneva, Switzerland (Ars Classica auction 14, Hôtel Schweizerhof, Lucerne, Switzerland, July 2, 1929, lot 211); by date unknown: R. Cyril Lockett Collection (SNG Lockett, 1938, no. 1151); 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 1067); purchased at the Glendining auction on behalf of MFA by A. H. Baldwin & Sons, Ltd., 3 Robert Street, Adelphi, London, W.C. 2; purchased by MFA from A. H. Baldwin & Sons, Ltd., March 13, 1958, 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