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Tetradrachm of Mende with ithyphallic ass and crow

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Obverse: Ass (ithyphallic) facing to left; on his rump, a large crow faces to the right and pecks at the root of the ass's tail. Ground line comprising a fillet above row of dots. Reverse: six-part incuse.


By date unknown: with T. Zoumpoulakis, 10 Edward Law, Athens; November 9, 1960: purchased by MFA from T. Zoumpoulakis for $ 1,120.00 (this is the total price for 60.1300-60.1301)

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour

Greek, Late Archaic or Early Classical Period, about 500–450 B.C.


Mende, Macedonia

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek Coins, 1950-1963 (MFA), no. 040.


Diameter: 24.5 mm. Weight: 16.64 gm.

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


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