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Tetradrachm of Poseidion with two dolphins

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Obverse: Two large dolphins, upper to left, lower to right, over a small dolphin to right. Beaded square border with flower in each upper corner, inside plain square border. Above, [inscription]. Reverse: Incuse square divided by one broad diameter line; surface irregular. (see media screen for...

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Provenance

By date unknown: Bompois Collection; Paris 1882: Bompois Collection Sale, no. 1579 (according to Regling and Brett); 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. 1182); September 1904: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

Greek, Archaic Period, 550 B.C. or earlier

Mint

Poseidion (Karpathos), Caria (Islands off)

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 2011.

Dimensions

Diameter: 21 mm. Weight: 13.56 gm.

Accession Number

04.1078

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Numismatics, Coins