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

Greek
Hellenistic Period
315/4–300 B.C.


Mint: Egypt (Kingdom), Alexandria

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 2255.

Dimensions

Diameter: 30 mm. Weight: 15.62 gm.

Accession Number

04.1184

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Coins

Obverse: Head of deified Alexander the Great to right with Ammon’s horns, broad band in hair, hair covered by elephant skin with beaded edge below, and aegis tied at throat. Beaded border.
Reverse: Athena Alkidemos advancing to right, spear in raised right hand, shield on left arm; she wears crested Athenian helmet, chiton girded over overfold, and a scarf with “swallow tail” ends which passes forward from the back, is drawn up and thrown back again over both shoulders.
Eagle with closed wings at right.
Inscription in Greek at left. Monogram at left. Monogram at right.
Beaded border.

Provenance

By date unknown: Canon Greenwell Collection; July 1902: acquired from Canon Greenwell Collection by Edward Perry Warren; purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, September, 1904

Not listed as Greenwell by Regling.

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund