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Tetradrachm of Mende with Dionysos reclining on the back of a donkey

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Obverse: Dionysos, bearded, reclining left on donkey walking to right; upper body nude, lower with himation; legs crossed; in flexed and raised right hand, a kantharos; left hand raised to head, with elbow on donkey's head; ground line; border of dots. Reverse: Square incuse; in center, raised square...

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From Mende (Kaliandra) Hoard, 1913 (according to Brett, catalogue no. 550); by date unknown: with C. T. Seltman; December 3, 1931: purchased by MFA from C. T. Seltman, for $ 280.00, the total price of 31.970 and 31.971

Credit Line

Martha Silsbee Fund

Greek, Classical Period, about 460–423 B.C.


Mende, Macedonia

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 0550.


Diameter: 37 mm. Weight: 17.10 gm.

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Numismatics, Coins