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Tetradrachm of Kos with head of Herakles, struck under Xanthippos

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Obverse: Head of beardless Herakles in lion's skin to right. Reverse: Crab above bow in bow-case, all enclosed in a square of dots. Inscriptions in Greek above crab and between crab and bow-case. (see media screen for Greek inscriptions)

Provenance

By 1962: with Hesperia Art, 2219 St. James Place, Philadelphia 3, Pa.; February 14, 1962: purchased by MFA from Hesperia Art for $ 1,000.-

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour

Greek, Hellenistic Period, about 300–190 B.C.

Mint

Kos, Caria (Islands off)

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek Coins, 1950-1963 (MFA), no. 195.

Dimensions

Diameter: 28 mm. Weight: 15.19 gm. Die Axis: 11

Accession Number

62.161

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Numismatics, Coins