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Stater of Kingdom of Epiros with head of Athena, struck under Pyrrhos

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Obverse: Head of Athena right, in crested Corinthian helmet, adorned with griffin; to left, owl flying; below: A Reverse: Nike flying left, holds oak wreath in right hand; on left arm a trophy; to left: bucranium. [inscription] (See media screen for Greek inscriptions.)

Provenance

By date unknown: Baron Pennisi di Floristella Collection, Acireale, Sicily; by 1948: with Dr. Jacob Hirsch, Suite 1209, 30 West 54th Street, New York, N.Y.; March 11, 1948: purchased by MFA from Dr. Jacob Hirsch for $ 2,300.00

Credit Line

Anonymous gift in memory of Zoë Wilbour (1864–1885)

Greek, Hellenistic Period, about 278 B.C.

Mint

Syracuse (Sicily), Epiros (Kingdom)

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 2329.

Dimensions

Diameter: 20 mm. Weight: 8.48 gm.

Accession Number

48.248

Medium or Technique

Gold

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Numismatics, Coins