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Tetradrachm of Samos with head of lion

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Obverse: Skin of lion's head full front. Reverse: In incuse circle, head and shoulders of bull to right. Beaded border at edge of body. Above, [inscription]. (see media screen for inscription)


Sotheby Sale, July 24, 1900, no. 123 (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. 1148); September 1904: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

Greek, Late Archaic or Classical Period, 494–439 B.C.


Samos, Ionia (Islands off)

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 1954.


Diameter: 20 mm. Weight: 13.11 gm.

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Numismatics, Coins