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Obol of Methymna with head of Athena

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Obverse: Head of Athena to right in crested helmet with point in front, and scroll ornament; hair in straight locks behind. Beaded line at edge of neck. Reverse: In incuse square, a land tortoise with twelve plates of shell. Beaded square border.


By date unknown: Canon Greenwell Collection; July 1902: acquired from Canon Greenwell Collection by Edward Perry Warren; purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, September, 1904 Not listed as Regling by Greenwell.

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

Greek, Late Archaic Period, 510–500 B.C.


Methymna, Lesbos

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 1660.


Diameter: 9 mm. Weight: 0.62 gm.

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


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