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Drachm of Pharsalos with head of Athena

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Obverse: Head of Athena to right in crested Athenian helmet with ear pieces and griffin; the hair falls in locks below. Behind neck: [inscription] Reverse: In incuse, a youth with petasos and short chiton on horse prancing to right; he holds reins in left hand and raises right hand with whip. ...

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Provenance

By date unknown: Ferdinand Bompois Collection; 1882: auction of the Ferdinand Bompois Collection, January 16ff., 1882, Hotel des Commissaires-Priseurs, Rue Drouot 5, Paris, France, lot 949 (unillustrated); by date unknown: Canon Greenwell Collection; July 1902: acquired from Canon Greenwell Collection by Edward Perry Warren (Regling, Die Griechischen Münzen der Sammlung Warren, no. 721); September 1904: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

Greek, Classical Period, 400–390 B.C.

Mint

Pharsalos, Thessaly

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 0925.

Dimensions

Diameter: 20 mm. Weight: 5.84 gm.

Accession Number

04.778

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Numismatics, Coins