Tetradrachm of Barke with silphion plant

Greek
Classical Period
480–440 B.C.


Mint: Cyrenaica, Barke

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 1346.

Dimensions

Diameter: 26 mm. Weight: 16.61 gm.

Accession Number

04.1207

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Coins

Obverse: Silphion plant with flowers.
Inscription in Greek below.
Reverse: In incuse circle, head of Zeus Ammon to right with ram’s horns; hair represented by dots on forehead, and gathered in braid behind.
Beaded line at edge of neck.
Inscription in Greek at right.
Beaded circle between two plain circles.

Provenance

By date unknown: Canon Greenwell Collection; July 1902: acquired from Canon Greenwell Collection by Edward Perry Warren; September 1904: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren

Not listed as Greenwell by Regling.

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund