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Stater of Elis with eagle and serpent

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Obverse: Eagle flying to left, both wings raised, attacking with beak the serpent in its claws (same as 04.879) Small six leaf rosettes stamped below. Reverse: In incuse, thunderbolt with volutes and high spread wings. Above, [inscription]. Square beaded border. (see media screen for inscription)


By date unknown: Moore Collection; 1889: Sotheby Sale, Moore Collection, no. 297 (according to Regling and Brett); 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. 916); September 1904: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

Greek, Classical Period, 480–440 B.C.


Elis (Peloponnesos)

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 1198.


Diameter: 25 mm. Weight: 11.80 gm.

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Numismatics, Coins