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Drachm of Gortyna with head of Zeus

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Obverse: Head of Zeus, laureate to right. Border of dots. Reverse: Bull prancing to right, head full-front, bearing Europa, who sits sideways upon him, draped, and holding her mantle in both hands, the mantle blown out by the wind. [Greek inscription]. [see media screen for inscription]


By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; 1901: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 22,142.63 (this figure is the total price for MFA 01.5425-01.5657)

Credit Line

Catharine Page Perkins Fund

Greek, Hellenistic Period, 200–66 B.C.


Gortyna, Crete

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 1276.


Diameter: 21 mm. Weight: 4.70 gm.

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Numismatics, Coins