Obol of Kingdom of Syria with head of Herakles, struck under Seleukos I

Early Hellenistic Period
300–298 B.C.

Mint: Syria (Kingdom), Susa (Persia)

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek Coins, 1950-1963 (MFA), no. 256.


Diameter: 9 mm. Weight: 0.63 gm. Die Axis: 9

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Obverse: Head of Herakles right, wearing lionskin.
Reverse: Zeus seated on throne to left, holding eagle in right hand, sceptre in left.
Monogram In field at left. Inscriptions around and below throne.


By date unknown: J. Hirsch Collection, no. 1424: by 1925: with Naville & Cie, 6 & 8 Rue Pécolat, Geneva, Switzerland (Naville auction 10, Hôtel Schweizerhof, Lucerne, Switzerland, June 15-18, 1925, lot 773); by date unknown: with Edward Gans, 10 Rock Lane, Berkeley 8, California (Gans List 28, Spring 1962, no. 6659); April 11, 1962: purchased by MFA from Edward Gans for $ 514.50 (this is the total cost of 62.288–62.316).

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour