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Hemidrachm of Abdera with seated griffin, struck under Kleantides

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Obverse: Griffin sitting to left, with raised curved wings, right foreleg raised. Plain border. Reverse: Incuse square, in which head of bull to right turned a little to front. [inscription], beginning above. (see media screen for inscription)


By date unknown: James Whittall Collection; by 1884: with Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, 13 Wellington Street, Strand, London (auction of the James Whittall Collection, July 10ff., 1884, lot 259 [not illustrated]); 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. 454); September 1904: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

Greek, Classical Period, 411/410–386/385 B.C.


Abdera, Thrace

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 0767.


Diameter: 17 mm. Weight: 3.01 gm.

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Numismatics, Coins