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Tetradrachm of Smyrna with head of Cybele, struck under Dioskourides

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Obverse: Turreted head of Cybele to right. Reverse: Lion crouching to right, on ground line. Oak (?) wreath around. Inscriptions in Greek above and below the lion, within wreath. (see media screen for Greek inscriptions)

Provenance

By date unknown: S. Pozzi Collection: by 1920: with Naville & Cie., 6 and 8 Rue Pécolat, Geneva, Switzerland (auction of the Pozzi Collection, Galeries Fischer, Lucerne, Switzerland, April 4ff., 1921, lot 2514); by date unknown: R. Cyril Lockett Collection (SNG, Lockett, no. 2848); by 1961: with Glendining & Co., Ltd., 7 Blenheim Street, New Bond Street, London, W. 1 (auction of the Lockett Collection, February 21-23, 1961, lot 2326); purchased at the Lockett auction by A. H. Baldwin and Sons, Ltd., 3 Robert Street, Adelphi, London W.C. 2; October 11, 1961: 61.1039–61.1067 purchased by MFA from A. H. Baldwin and Sons, Ltd. for a total price of £ 1099/-/-.

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour

Greek, Hellenistic Period, about 190–133 B.C.

Mint

Smyrna, Ionia

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek Coins, 1950-1963 (MFA), no. 180.

Dimensions

Diameter: 33 mm. Weight: 16.34 gm. Die Axis: 12

Accession Number

61.1042

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Numismatics, Coins