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Tetradrachm of Abdera with leaping griffin, struck under Polykrates

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Obverse: Griffin sitting up on line to left, with raised wings. Reverse: Incuse square, in which [inscription]., around square, in which is a goat walking to the right. (see media screen for Greek inscription)


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. 450); September 1904: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

Greek, Classical Period, 439/437–411/410 B.C.


Abdera, Thrace

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 0762.


Diameter: 25 mm. Weight: 14.40 gm.

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Numismatics, Coins