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Pentonkion of Mamertinoi with head of Ares

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Obverse: Laureate head of Ares left. Behind, sword. Reverse: Horse stands left, rider stands at side holding horse's head with right hand, spear in left. Greek letter at left in field and inscription in Greek at right. (see media screen for Greek inscriptions)


By date unknown: in the collection of an English clergyman (now MFA 65.636-65.870); about 1963: collection purchased at auction in London by Robert E. Hecht, Jr.; collection purchased by MFA from Robert E. Hecht, Jr., June 9,1965

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour

Greek, Hellenistic Period, about 220–200 B.C.


Messana (Mamertinoi), Sicily


Diameter: 27 mm. Weight: 11.79 gm. Die Axis: 3

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The Ancient World


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