Contorniate with bust of Alexander the Great as Herakles

Roman
Imperial Period
Mid–late 4th century A.D.


Mint: Rome

Dimensions

Diameter: 38.5 mm. Weight: 23.85 gm. Die Axis: 6

Accession Number

1975.335

Medium or Technique

Bronze with silver foil

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tokens and contorniates

Obverse: Bust of Alexander the Great as Herakles to right, lion’s skin around shoulders and over head. At right, silver palm branch.
ALEXA NDER.
Reverse: Scylla at right reaches out to snatch sailor from Odysseus’ ship. Two companions stand behind him. Two others are in the water.

Struck during the reigns of Valentinian I and Valens (364-378).

Provenance

By 1975: with Bank Leu AG, Bahnhofstrasse 32, Zurich, Switzerland (Bank Leu AG auction 13, Saal der Zunft zum Kambel, Limmatquai 52, Zurich, April 29-30, 1975, lot 525); purchased from Bank Leu AG by MFA after the auction, June 11, 1975

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour