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Didrachm of Metapontion with head of Athena

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Obverse: Head of Athena right, wearing Corinthian helmet. Inscription in Greek at left. Reverse: Ear of barley, with leaf at right on which owl stands. Inscription in Greek at left and right of ear of barley, upwards. (see media screen for Greek inscriptions)


By date unknown: R. Jameson Collection (Collection R. Jameson, vol. IV, no. 2401); by 1965: with Bank Leu & Co. A.G., Bahnhofstrasse 32, Zurich; purchased by MFA from Bank Leu & Co. A.G., December 8, 1965

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Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour

Greek, Hellenistic Period, about 280 B.C.


Metapontion, Lucania


Diameter: 21 mm. Weight: 7.77 gm. Die Axis: 2

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The Ancient World


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