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Obol of Athens with head of Athena

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Obverse: Head of Athena. No dots along crest of helmet. Reverse: Owl standing right. Olive leaf on stem with berry at left. Inscription in Greek. (see media screen for inscription in Greek)

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; October 16, 1911: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 17,291.36 (this figure is the total price for MFA 11.1756-11.1808)

Credit Line

Julia Bradford Huntington James Fund

Greek, Late Archaic Period, 490–480 B.C.

Mint

Athens, Attica

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 1073.

Dimensions

Diameter: 9 mm. Weight: 0.70 gm.

Accession Number

11.1795

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Numismatics, Coins