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Coin of Messana with head of Pelorias

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Obverse: Head of Pelorias left, wearing corn wreath, necklace and earring. in front, two dolphins. Inscription in Greek. Reverse: Warrior advances left, spear in right hand, shield on left arm. Inscription in Greek. (see media screen for Greek inscriptions)


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, Late Classical or Early Hellenistic Period, about 357–288 B.C.


Messana (Zankle), Sicily


Diameter: 23 mm. Weight: 9.85 gm. Die Axis: 9

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The Ancient World


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