Tetradrachm of Kingdom of Syria with bust of Alexander I Balas

Greek
Hellenistic Period
149–148 B.C.


Mint: Syria (Kingdom), Tyre (Phoenicia)

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 2172.

Dimensions

Diameter: 29 mm. Weight: 13.88 gm.

Accession Number

35.127

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Coins

Obverse: Bust of Alexander I Balas to right, diademed, ends hanging downwards; chlamys round neck.
Beaded border.
Reverse: Within beaded border, eagle with closed wings standing left on prow of galley, left; over shoulder, palm.
At left on club, monogram of Tyre.
Inscriptions in Greek around and at right.

Provenance

By 1925: with Naville & Cie., 6 & 8 Rue Pécolat, Geneva, Switzerland (Naville auction 10, Hôtel Schweizerhof, Lucerne, Switzerland, June 15-18, 1925, lot 1167); by date unknown: U.S. Private Collection; April 4, 1935: Anonymous gift to MFA in memory of Zoë Wilbour

Credit Line

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