Tetradrachm of Athens with head of Athena
Early Classical Period
about 470–455 B.C.
Mint: Attica, Athens
Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 1067; Highlights: Classical Art (MFA), p. 155.
Diameter: 24 mm. Weight: 17.21 gm.
Medium or Technique
Michael C. Ruettgers Gallery for Ancient Coins (Gallery 212C)
Obverse: Head of Athena to right, in close-fitting crested helmet, adorned in front with three olive leaves erect, and at back with floral scroll. The hair neatly arranged in two bands over the temples. She wears a disk earring.
Reverse: Owl standing right, head facing and tilted slightly to left.
At left, olive branch and crescent.
Greek inscription at right.
By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; 1895: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 29,857.37 (this figure is the total price for MFA 95.9-95.174)
Catharine Page Perkins Fund