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Obol of Syracuse with head of Arethusa

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Obverse: Head of Arethusa to right, wearing earring, necklace, and diadem. Border of dots. Reverse: Wheel with four spokes. Inscription in Greek within spokes of wheel. (see media screen for Greek inscription)


By 1962: with Münzen und Medaillen A.G., Malzgasse 25, Basel, Switzerland; November 14, 1962: purchased by MFA from Münzen und Medaillen, A.G. for $ 35-

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour

Greek, Late Archaic or Early Classical Period, 480–479 B.C.


Syracuse, Sicily

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek Coins, 1950-1963 (MFA), no. 031.


Diameter: 10.5 mm. Weight: 0.59 gm. Die Axis: 5

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Numismatics, Coins