Tetrobol of Lycia with female head (Aphrodite), struck under Täththiväibi (Tethviebi)

Early Classical Period
about 480–460 B.C.

Mint: Lycia, Antiphellos (?)

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek Coins, 1950-1963 (MFA), no. 211.


Diameter: 14 mm. Weight: 3.35 gm. Die Axis: 9

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Obverse: Female head (Aphrodite) to left, wearing necklace, earring and fillets in hair.
Reverse: Tetraskeles. TÄTHTH (in Lycian), all in dotted incuse square.
Inscription in Lycian around.


By date unknown: Rhousopoulos Collection; by 1905: with Jacob Hirsch, Arcisstrasse 17, Munich, Germany (Hirsch auction 13, Rhousopoulos Collection, May 15ff., 1905, lot 4196); by date unknown: Gustav Philipsen Collection; by 1909: with Jacob Hirsch (Hirsch auction 25, Gustav Philipsen Collection, November 29ff., 1909, lot 2576); by date unknown: R. Jameson Collection (Collection R. Jameson, vol. 1, Monnaies Grecques, 1913, p. 380, no. 1586); by 1960: with Bank Leu & Co. AG, Bahnhofstrasse 32, Zurich, Switzerland and Adolph Hess AG, Haldenstrasse 5, Lucerne, Switzerland (Hess-Leu auction, Hotel Schweizerhof, Lucerne, April 7, 1960, lot 229); purchased for MFA at the Hess-Leu auction by Spink & Son, Ltd., 5-7 King Street, St. James's, London S.W. 1; May 11, 1960: purchased by MFA from Spink & Son, Ltd. for Swiss fr. 8,221 (this is the total price for 60.518-60.525)

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour