Tetradrachm of Kingdom of Persis with head of Vahuberz (Oborzos)

Greek
Hellenistic Period
3rd–2nd century B.C.


Mint: Persis (Kingdom)

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 2343.

Dimensions

Diameter: 26 mm. Weight: 16.87 gm. Die Axis: 7

Accession Number

47.1015

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Coins

Obverse: Head of Oborzos, bearded, right, in satrapal tiara with diadem across forehead.
Reverse: Fire temple with double-panelled doors, podium, pilasters and cornice; above, three battlements, each with two horns; on left, Oborzos standing right, with hands raised in adoration.

Inscription in Aramaic probably Vahuberz Frataraka zi Alahia according to the entry in the Brett catalogue.

Provenance

By date unknown between 1905 and 1935: Ernst Herzfeld Collection; by 1947: with Edward Gans, Numismatic Fine Arts, 101 West 55th Street, New York 19, N.Y. (Mail Bid Sale, No. 3, March 25, 1947, lot 27 of the Herzfeld Collection: said to have been found by peasants working on the fields); purchased by MFA as an anonymous gift in memory of Zoë Wilbour (1864-1885), April 10, 1947, for $ 450.00 (this is the total price for MFA 47.1013-47.1015)

Credit Line

Anonymous gift in memory of Zoë Wilbour (1864–1885)