Tetradrachm of Akragas (Agrigentum) with two eagles and hare

Obverse: Two eagles standing on a dead hare, the nearer one with head raised, the other bending over. Border of dots.

Inscription in Greek.

Reverse: Above, a crab; below, Skylla left, female upper body, lower coiled like a serpent's with fish's tail and fins; at left and right of body, foreparts of two dogs to left, right one with head right; her hair blown by the wind; right hand raised, palm inwards, left hand with open palm, outstretched over coils of serpent.

Inscription in Greek around.

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Provenance

By date unknown: Ashburnham Collection; by 1895: with Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, Wellington Street, Strand, London (sale of the Ashburnham Collection, lot 30 [according to MFA Coin and Medal Register 1]); by date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; 1900: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren

Credit Line

Catharine Page Perkins Fund

Tetradrachm of Akragas (Agrigentum) with two eagles and hare

  • Greek, Classical Period, about 414–413 B.C.
Mint
Akragas (Agrigentum), Sicily
Dimensions
Diameter: 32 mm. Weight: 17.30 gm. Die Axis: 8
Medium or Technique
Silver
Classification
Numismatics
Catalogue Raisonné
Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 0234.
Accession Number
00.96
On view
Michael C. Ruettgers Gallery of Ancient Coins - 212C

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