Tetradrachm of Hierapolis with bust of Caracalla

Roman Provincial
Imperial Period
about A.D. 215–217

Mint: Syria, Hierapolis; Findspot: Upper Galilee, Gush Halav


Diameter: 25.5 mm. Weight: 14.17 gm. Die Axis: 12

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On View

Michael C. Ruettgers Gallery for Ancient Coins (Gallery 212C)


The Ancient World



Obverse: Radiate, draped, cuirassed bust of Caracalla, head turned to left.
Inscription in Greek.
Reverse: Eagle standing on lion, wings outspread, head to right with wreath in beak.
Inscription in Greek.


One of a hoard of coins found in a pottery jar at Gush Halav in Upper Galilee and acquired by Major H. Ophir in Nazareth in 1948; by 1969: with Robert E. Hecht, Jr.; April 11, 1973: purchased by MFA from Robert E. Hecht, Jr.

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour