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Tetradrachm of Kyrene with silphion plant

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Obverse: Silphion plant with flowers. Reverse: In incuse circle, bearded head of Zeus Ammon to right with ram's horns; hair represented by dots on forehead, and gathered in braid behind. At right: inscription in Greek. Beaded border. (see media screen for inscription)


By date unknown: Canon Greenwell Collection; July 1902: acquired from Canon Greenwell Collection by Edward Perry Warren; September 1904: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren Not listed as Greenwell by Regling.

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

Greek, Early Classical period, about 470-440 B.C.


Kyrene, Kyrenaica

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 1308.


Diameter: 26 mm. Weight: 16.72 gm.

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Numismatics, Coins