Tetradrachm of Alexandria with bust of Diocletian

Roman Provincial
Imperial Period
A.D. 284–285


Mint: Egypt, Alexandria

Dimensions

Diameter: 21 mm. Weight: 6.9 gm. Die Axis: 11

Accession Number

88.388

Medium or Technique

Billon

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Coins

Obverse: Laureate, cuirassed bust of Diocletian to right, wearing paludamentum.
Inscription in Greek.
Reverse: Elpis standing left, holding flower in rght hand and raising skirt with left.
In field left, letters for year 1.

Provenance

December, 1885, discovered by Don Mariano Lazzari at Cerveteri, Italy and sold, through Pietro Pennelli, to Rodolfo Lanciani (b. 1845 – d. 1929), Rome; 1888, sold by Lanciani to the MFA for $491.89 [purchase price for MFA accession nos. 88.345 – 88.530]. (Accession Date: January 1, 1888)

NOTE: See Helen Nagy, "Etruscan Votive Terracottas from Cerveteri in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston: A Glimpse into the History of the Collection," Etruscan Studies 11 (2008), pp. 101-119.

Credit Line

Everett Fund