Tetradrachm of Aitolian League with head of Herakles

Greek
Hellenistic Period
about 239–229 B.C.


Mint: Aitolia, Aitolian League

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek Coins, 1950-1963 (MFA), no. 090.

Dimensions

Diameter: 29 mm. Weight: 16.77 gm. Die Axis: 2

Accession Number

58.1180

Medium or Technique

Silver

On View

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

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Coins

Obverse: Head of the young Herakles to right, wearing lion’s skin, paws knotted under chin.
Border of dots.
Reverse: Aetolia seated to right, on a pile of Gaulish shields, spear in right hand and sword in left. She wears kausia, chlamys (around left arm) and short, slipped chiton.
The ground line is formed by a long trumpet, a dragon-headed Gallic carnyx.
Inscriptions to left, upwards, and in right field. Monogram at right.

Provenance

By 1914: with Jacob Hirsch, Arcisstrasse 17, Munich, Germany (Hirsch auction 34, May 5ff., 1914, lot 319); by date unknown: with A. H. Baldwin & Sons, Ltd., 3 Robert Street, Adelphi, London, W.C. 2; December 11, 1958: purchased by MFA from A. H. Baldwin & Sons, Ltd. for £ 150/0/0

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour