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Stater of Thebes with Boiotian shield

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Obverse: Boiotian shield. Reverse: Herakles, beardless, of semi-archaic style, kneeling to right, stringing his bow. In lower left corner, his club. All in incuse square. [see media screen for Greek inscription]


By date unknown: Edward Herbert Bunbury Collection; by 1896: with Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, 13 Wellington Street, Strand, London (auction of the Edward Herbert Bunbury Collection, June 22, 1896, lot 947); purchased at the Bunbury auction by Ready; by date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; 1897: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 25,000.00 (this figure is the total price for MFA 97.285-97.442 and 97.1104)

Credit Line

Catharine Page Perkins Fund

Greek, Early Classical Period, about 450–440 B.C.


Thebes, Boiotia (Boiotian Confederacy)

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 0999.


Diameter: 25 mm. Weight: 11.86 gm.

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Numismatics, Coins