Tetradrachm of Athens with head of Athena

Obverse: Head of Athena to right, wearing crested Athenian helmet with a heavy visor. The hair on her forehead and below neckpiece is in rows of dotted lines. Base of neckpiece dotted and dotted necklace.

Reverse: Owl standing right, head facing, olive-spray in upper left corner. Inscription in Greek. All within incuse.

(see media screen for inscription)


By date unknown: Edward Herbert Bunbury Collection; by 1896: with Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, 13 Wellington Street, Strand, London (auction of the Edward Herbert Bunbury Collection, 13 Wellington Street, Strand, London, June 22, 1896, lot 976); probably purchased at Bunbury auction by Edward Perry Warren; 1900: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren

Credit Line

Catharine Page Perkins Fund

Tetradrachm of Athens with head of Athena

  • Greek, Archaic Period, about 515–510 B.C.
Athens, Attica
Diameter: 25 mm. Weight: 17.17 gm.
Medium or Technique
Catalogue Raisonné
Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 1055.
Accession Number
On view
Michael C. Ruettgers Gallery of Ancient Coins - 212C