Tetradrachm

Greek
Hellenistic Period, Ptolemaic Dynasty
305–30 B.C.


Place of Manufacture: Greece, Athens; Findspot: Egypt, Giza

Dimensions

Diameter: 2.35 cm (15/16 in.)/ Weight: 16.60 grams

Accession Number

11.826

Medium or Technique

Silver

On View

Egyptian Funerary Arts Gallery (Mummies) (Gallery 109)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Coins

Obv. Head of Athena to right wearing round earring and Attic helmet (crest mostly missing) adorned with a flower and three olive leaves. Eye not quite in profile. Lips poorly done. Rev. [inscription] Owl to right with wings folded. Olive branch and crescent in field. Round depression to right of owl.

Provenance

From Giza, Menkaura Pyramid Temple 1911: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.
(Accession Date: March 2, 1911)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition