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Coin of Olbia with head of gorgon

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Obverse: Head of a gorgon facing, with flowing hair and heavy necklace. Reverse: Sea eagle, with wings half-spread, standing on a dolphin. Inscription in Greek above. (see media screen for Greek inscription)


By date unknown: R. Cyril Lockett Collection; by 1958: with Glendining & Co., Ltd., 7 Blenheim Street, New Bond Street, London, W. 1 (Glendining auction of the Lockett Collection, part 6, February 12-13, 1958, lot 1542); purchased at the Glendining auction on behalf of MFA by A. H. Baldwin & Sons, Ltd., 3 Robert Street, Adelphi, London, W.C. 2; March 13, 1958: purchased by MFA from A. H. Baldwin & Sons, Ltd., for £ 5,354/8/0 (this is the total price of 58.301-58.313)

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour

Greek, Classical Period, about 400–350 B.C.


Olbia, Sarmatia

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek Coins, 1950-1963 (MFA), no. 081.


Diameter: 67 mm. Weight: 3.2 oz. Die Axis: 12

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Bronze, cast


The Ancient World


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