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Stater of Lampsakos with infant Herakles strangling snakes

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Obverse: Infant Herakles, nude, kneeling to right on line, strangling serpent in each hand; across his breast is a strap. Reverse: In incuse square, forepart of horse with curled wings, one above one below, jumping to left. Beaded line at edge of body.

Provenance

By date unknown: Ivanoff Collection; 1863: Sotheby Sale (Ivanoff Collection), cat. no. 192 (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. 1002); September 1904: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

Greek, Classical Period, about 350–330 B.C.

Mint

Lampsakos, Mysia

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 1586.

Dimensions

Diameter: 18 mm. Weight: 8.44 gm.

Accession Number

04.944

Medium or Technique

Gold

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Numismatics, Coins