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Hemidrachm of Ionia (?) with seated sphinx

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Obverse: Sphinx with curled wings seated to right. Reverse: In incuse circle Gorgoneion with tongue protruding and snaky locks.

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. 1411); September 1904: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

Greek, Archaic Period, Early 5th century B.C.

Mint

Uncertain, Ionia (?)

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 2324.

Dimensions

Diameter: 14 mm. Weight: 2.12 gm.

Accession Number

04.1263

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Numismatics, Coins