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Coin of Chios with seated sphinx, struck under Chiron

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Obverse: Sphinx seated left. Reverse: Amphora. Inscription in Greek. Overstruck on an earlier (?) coin of Chios with traces of sphinx on obverse and vine wreath on reverse. (see media screen for Greek inscription)


By date unknown: in the collection of an English clergyman (now MFA 65.636-65.870); about 1963: collection purchased at auction in London by Robert E. Hecht, Jr.; collection purchased by MFA from Robert E. Hecht, Jr., June 9,1965

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Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour

Greek, Hellenistic Period, 190–88 B.C.


Chios, Ionia (Islands off)


Diameter: 17.5 mm. Weight: 3.60 gm. Die Axis: 11

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The Ancient World


Numismatics, Coins