Obol of Kingdom of Syria with head of Herakles, struck under Seleukos I

Greek
Early Hellenistic Period
311–303 B.C.


Mint: Syria (Kingdom), Ekbatana (Media)

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 2147.

Dimensions

Diameter: 10 mm. Weight: 0.68 gm.

Accession Number

01.5445

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Coins

Obverse: Head of Herakles to right, beardless, wearing lion’s scalp.
Border of dots (?).
Reverse: Zeus seated left on throne without back; eagle to right on extended right hand; raised left hand on scepter.
At left, a monogram, partially obliterated; below throne: O; Inscription in Greek at right.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; 1901: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 22,142.63 (this figure is the total price for MFA 01.5425-01.5657)

Credit Line

Catharine Page Perkins Fund