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Tetradrachm of Samos with head of lion

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Obverse: Lion's scalp, full front. Reverse: Greek inscription. Forepart of bull kneeling, profile to right with branch of olive behind; the whole in incuse square. [see media screen for Greek inscription]

Provenance

By date unknown: Robert Carfrae Collection; by 1894: with Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, Wellington Street, Strand, London (auction of the Carfrae collection, May 23-25, 1894, lot 263); by 1895: with Edward Perry Warren; February 1895: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 29,857.37 (this figure is the total price for MFA 95.9-95.174)

Credit Line

Catharine Page Perkins Fund

Greek, Classical Period, 439–394 B.C.

Mint

Samos, Ionia (Islands off)

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 1960.

Dimensions

Diameter: 23 mm. Weight: 13.04 gm.

Accession Number

95.154

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Numismatics, Coins