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Stater of Elis with eagle and serpent

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Obverse: On a shield (?) an eagle, wings closed, stands to left, attacking with its beak the serpent in its claws. Reverse: In circular incuse, a thunderbolt, volutes above, tassel below. At sides, [inscription]. (see media screen for inscription)


1892: Sotheby Sale, July 13, 1892, no. 107 (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. 921); September 1904: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

Greek, Classical Period, 420–385 B.C.


Elis (Peloponnesos)

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 1206.


Diameter: 24 mm. Weight: 10.40 gm.

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Numismatics, Coins