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Drachm of Velia (Hyele) with head of Hyele

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Obverse: Head of nymph Hyele right; hair at back rolled; plain necklace; at left: inscription in Greek. Reverse: Owl standing left on olive branch, with head full front. Olive branch reaches upwards at left; in right field, Greek inscription.

Provenance

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. 120); September 1904: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

Greek, Early Classical Period, 470–460 B.C.

Mint

Velia (Hyele), Lucania

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 0150.

Dimensions

Diameter: 15 mm. Weight: 3.91 gm.

Accession Number

04.374

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Numismatics, Coins