Tetradrachm of Athens with head of Athena

Archaic Period
about 515–510 B.C.

Mint: Attica, Athens

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 1055.


Diameter: 25 mm. Weight: 17.17 gm.

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On View

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


The Ancient World



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.


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