Double shekel of Libya with head of Zeus

Greek
Hellenistic Period
about 241–200 B.C.


Mint: Libya

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek Coins, 1950-1963 (MFA), no. 327.

Dimensions

Diameter: 29 mm. Weight: 12.33 gm. Die Axis: 12

Accession Number

61.1193

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

Photography, The Ancient World

Classifications

Coins

Obverse: Laureate head of Zeus left.
Inscription in Greek at left. To right: Phoenician “men”.
Reverse: Bull with lowered head charging right.
Above, Phoenician “men”; border of dots.
Inscription in Greek between hind legs and in exergue.
(see media screen for inscriptions)

Provenance

By 1954: with Adolph Hess A.G., Haldenstrasse 5, Lucerne, Switzerland (Hess auction, Hotel Schweizerhof, Lucerne, April 14, 1954, lot 206); by 1959: with Hesperia Art, 2219 St. James Place, Philadelphia 3, Pa. (Hesperia Art Bulletin III, no. 69); December 13, 1961: purchased by MFA from Hesperia Art for $ 300.-

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour