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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)

Provenance

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.

Mint

Elis (Peloponnesos)

Catalogue Raisonné

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

Dimensions

Diameter: 24 mm. Weight: 10.40 gm.

Accession Number

04.884

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Numismatics, Coins