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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; below, acorn, downwards; dotted ground line; border of dots. Inscription in Greek. (See media screen for Greek inscriptions.) Reverse: Incuse square divided into alternately raised and...

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By date unknown: Canon Greenwell Collection; July 1902: acquired from Canon Greenwell Collection by Edward Perry Warren (Regling, Die Griechischen Münzen der Sammlung Warren, no. 573); 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. 0547.


Diameter: 24 mm. Weight: 17.26 gm.

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Numismatics, Coins