Tetradrachm of Kingdom of Egypt with head of deified Alexander the Great, struck under Ptolemy I

Greek
Early Hellenistic Period
318–315/4 B.C.


Mint: Egypt (Kingdom), Alexandria

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 2250.

Dimensions

Diameter: 27 mm. Weight: 17.10 gm.

Accession Number

01.5652

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Coins

Obverse: Within a circle of dots, head of Alexander the Great to right, with the horn of Ammon, and wearing an elephant-skin over his head, and an aegis around his neck.
Reverse: Within a circle of dots, Zeus seated to left on a throne with a footstool but no back. He holds an eagle on his right hand, extended, and his sceptre-a dotted line-in his left. In field, left, a thunderbolt.
Inscriptions in Greek in field at right and under the throne.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; 1901: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 22,142.63 (this figure is the total price for MFA 01.5425-01.5657)

Credit Line

Catharine Page Perkins Fund