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Tetradrachm of Abdera with seated griffin, struck under Kallidamas

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Obverse: Griffin sitting to left, with raised, curved wings, foreleg raised; below, fish to left. Beaded border. [inscription] beginning above at left of head. Reverse: Incuse square, in which [inscription] around quadripartite square. (see media screen for Greek inscriptions)


By date unknown: Borrell Collection (Cat. Sotheby, Borrell, 1852, no. 13); by date unknown: Loscombe Collection (Cat. Sotheby, 1855, no. 236) (both sales according to Regling and Brett catalogues); 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. 443); September 1904: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

Greek, Classical Period, 473/470–449/448 B.C.


Abdera, Thrace

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 0755.


Diameter: 27 mm. Weight: 14.89 gm.

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Numismatics, Coins