Tetradrachm of Gortyna with head of Athena

Hellenistic Period
about 100 B.C.

Mint: Crete, Gortyna

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek Coins, 1950-1963 (MFA), no. 118.


Diameter: 29.5 mm. Weight: 16.22 gm. Die Axis: 12

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Obverse: Head of Athena to right, wearing crested helmet enriched with Pegasus (or griffin) galloping to right and plant with tendrils.
Border of dots.
Reverse: Owl perched to right on overturned amphora on which the letter B.
In field at right, bull on ground line butting right, the whole set in a large olive wreath.
Inscription in left and right fields, and on amphora.


By date unknown: Rhousopoulos Collection; by 1905: with Dr. Jacob Hirsch, Arcisstrasse 17, Munich, Germany (Hirsch auction 13 [of the Rhousopoulos Collection], May 15ff., 1905, lot 2998); by 1959: with Münzen und Medaillen A.G., Malzgasse 25, Basel, Switzerland (Münzen und Medaillen auction 19, June 5-6, 1959, lot 447); March 10, 1960: purchased by MFA from Münzen und Medaillen A.G. for $ 185.00

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour