Tetradrachm of Alexandria with bust of Diocletian

Roman Provincial
Imperial Period
A.D. 284–285

Mint: Egypt, Alexandria


Diameter: 21 mm. Weight: 6.9 gm. Die Axis: 11

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Obverse: Laureate, cuirassed bust of Diocletian to right, wearing paludamentum.
Inscription in Greek.
Reverse: Elpis standing left, holding flower in rght hand and raising skirt with left.
In field left, letters for year 1.


December, 1885, discovered by Don Mariano Lazzari at Cerveteri, Italy and sold, through Pietro Pennelli, to Rodolfo Lanciani (b. 1845 – d. 1929), Rome; 1888, sold by Lanciani to the MFA for $491.89 [purchase price for MFA accession nos. 88.345 – 88.530]. (Accession Date: January 1, 1888)

NOTE: See Helen Nagy, "Etruscan Votive Terracottas from Cerveteri in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston: A Glimpse into the History of the Collection," Etruscan Studies 11 (2008), pp. 101-119.

Credit Line

Everett Fund