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Tetradrachm of Mende with ithyphallic ass

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Obverse: Ithyphallic ass walking to right, left foreleg bent; on rump, a crow, to left pecking at the animal; at right, a bird standing right, wings closed; dotted ground line; border of dots (test cut). Inscription in Greek. (See media screen for Greek inscriptions.) Reverse: Incuse square...

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From the Egyptian Delta Hoard, 1887 (Num. Chron., 1890, pl. i,4); 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

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

Greek, Late Archaic Period, 510–480 B.C.


Mende, Macedonia

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 0545.


Diameter: 29 mm. Weight: 16.08 gm.

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Numismatics, Coins