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Tetradrachm of Ainos with head of Hermes

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Obverse: Head of youthful Hermes in profile to right, wearing close-fitting petasos with pearled band above brim. Reverse: Caduceus set diagonally across incuse square. Inscription in Greek around caduceus (reversed). (see media screen for Greek inscription)

Provenance

By 1907: with Jacob Hirsch, Arcisstrasse 17, Munich, Germany (Hirsch auction 18, May 27ff., 1907, lot 2307; by 1928: with Ars Classica, 31 Quai du Mont-Blanc, Geneva, Switzerland (Ars Classica auction 13, Hôtel Schweizerhof, Lucerne, Switzerland, June 27-29, 1928, lot 575); by 1929: with Ars Classica, 31 Quai du Mont-Blanc, Geneva, Switzerland (Ars Classica auction 14, Hôtel Schweizerhof, Lucerne, Switzerland, July 2, 1929, lot 211); by date unknown: R. Cyril Lockett Collection (SNG Lockett, 1938, no. 1151); by 1958: with Glendining & Co., Ltd., 7 Blenheim Street, New Bond Street, London, W. 1 (Glendining auction of the Lockett Collection, part 6, February 12-13, 1958, lot 1067); purchased at the Glendining auction on behalf of MFA by A. H. Baldwin & Sons, Ltd., 3 Robert Street, Adelphi, London, W.C. 2; purchased by MFA from A. H. Baldwin & Sons, Ltd., March 13, 1958, for £ 5,354/8/0 (this is the total price of 58.301-58.313)

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour

Greek, Early Classical Period, about 474–472 B.C.

Mint

Ainos, Thrace

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek Coins, 1950-1963 (MFA), no. 064.

Dimensions

Diameter: 25 mm. Weight: 15.92 gm. Die Axis: 11

Accession Number

58.306

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Numismatics, Coins