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Stater of Metapontion with ear of barley and a grasshopper

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Obverse: Ear of barley, with seven grains; to right, grasshopper upwards; at left, Greek inscription downwards. Cable border. Reverse: Incuse ear of barley; at left, dolphin upward in raised outline. Striated border.


By 1956: with Münzen und Medaillen A.G., Malzgasse 25, Basel, Switzerland; purchased by MFA for $ 400.00 from Münzen und Medaillen A.G., October 11, 1956

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour

Greek, Archaic Period, about 540–510 B.C.


Metapontion, Lukania

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek Coins, 1950-1963 (MFA), no. 003.


Diameter: 30 mm. Weight: 8.14 gm. Die Axis: 12

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Numismatics, Coins