Tetradrachm of Alexandria with bust of Probus

Roman Provincial
Imperial Period
A.D. 279–280


Mint: Egypt, Alexandria

Dimensions

Diameter: 19 mm. Weight: 8.79 gm. Die Axis: 12

Accession Number

88.386

Medium or Technique

Billon

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Coins

Obverse: Laureate, cuirassed bust of Probus to right.
Inscription in Greek.
Reverse: Eagle standing left, head turned back, wreath in beak.
In left and right fields, letters for year 5.

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