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

Greek
Early Hellenistic Period
about 305 B.C.


Mint: Egypt (Kingdom), Cyprus (?)

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek Coins, 1950-1963 (MFA), no. 318.

Dimensions

Diameter: 30 mm. Weight: 15.56 gm. Die Axis: 12

Accession Number

58.331

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Coins

Obverse: Head of Alexander the Great to right, with horn of Ammon, diademed and wearing elephant’s skin and aegis.
Three chopmarks on cheek. Greek letter delta on aegis.
Border of dots.
Reverse: Athena to right, shield on left arm and spear in raised right hand.
At right, Corinthian helmet and eagle on thunderbolt.
Inscription in left field, upwards and monogram in right field.
Ground line.
Border of dots.

Provenance

By date unknown: Capt. Shepherd Collection; by 1958: Anonymous U.S. Private Collection; Anonymous gift to MFA in memory of Prof. David M. Robinson, March 13, 1958

Credit Line

Anonymous gift in memory of Prof. David M. Robinson