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Stater of Phaistos with Herakles battling Hydra

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Obverse: Herakles to left, seen from the back, striking with club in right hand at Hydra. He wears the lion's skin over his left shoulder; at his feet, a crab. Reverse: Bull butting to right. Ground line. Above: inscription in Greek.


By date unknown: with Byron Zoumboulakis, Geneva, Switzerland; purchased by MFA from Byron Zoumboulakis, September 18, 1958, for $ 650.00

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour

Greek, Classical Period, about 380–340 B.C.


Phaistos, Crete

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek Coins, 1950-1963 (MFA), no. 124.


Diameter: 26 mm. Weight: 11.61 gm. Die Axis: 12

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Numismatics, Coins