Tetradrachm of Kingdom of Characene with head of Tiraeus II

Greek
Late Hellenistic Period
49–48 B.C.


Mint: Characene (Kingdom)

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek Coins, 1950-1963 (MFA), no. 305.

Dimensions

Diameter: 28.5 mm. Weight: 15.63 gm. Die Axis: 12

Accession Number

58.955

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Coins

Obverse: Diademed head of Tiraeus II to right.
Border of dots.
Reverse: Herakles seated to left with club in raised right hand, left placed on his lion’s skin over the rock.
Monograms above and below arm. Inscriptions at left and right and below Herakles.

Provenance

Said to have been found at Basra in southern Iraq; by date unknown: with A. H. Baldwin & Sons, Ltd., 3 Robert Street, Adelphi, London W.C. 2; purchased by MFA from A. H. Baldwin & Sons, Ltd., October 9, 1958, for £ 100/0/0

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour