Contorniate with bust of Alexander the Great as Herakles
Mid–late 4th century A.D.
Diameter: 38.5 mm. Weight: 23.85 gm. Die Axis: 6
Medium or Technique
Bronze with silver foil
Not On View
Obverse: Bust of Alexander the Great as Herakles to right, lion’s skin around shoulders and over head. At right, silver palm branch.
Reverse: Scylla at right reaches out to snatch sailor from Odysseus’ ship. Two companions stand behind him. Two others are in the water.
Struck during the reigns of Valentinian I and Valens (364-378).
By 1975: with Bank Leu AG, Bahnhofstrasse 32, Zurich, Switzerland (Bank Leu AG auction 13, Saal der Zunft zum Kambel, Limmatquai 52, Zurich, April 29-30, 1975, lot 525); purchased from Bank Leu AG by MFA after the auction, June 11, 1975
Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour