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

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

Mint: Egypt (Kingdom), Alexandria

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 2251.


Diameter: 13 mm. Weight: 1.70 gm.

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Obverse: Head of deified Alexander the Great to right with Ammon’s horns, hair covered by elephant skin, and aegis tied at throat.
Plain border.
Reverse: Athena Alkidemos advancing to right, spear in raised right hand, shield on left arm; she wears crested Attic 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.
At right, eagle with closed wings to right on thunderbolt.
Inscriptions in Greek at left and at right.


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

Regling did not list as Greenwell.

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund