Tetradrachm of Byblus with bust of Caracalla

Roman Provincial
Imperial Period
A.D. 215–217

Mint: Syria, Byblus; Findspot: Upper Galilee, Gush Halav


Diameter: 28.5 mm. Weight: 12.78 gm. Die Axis: 12

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Obverse: Laureate bust of Caracalla to right, drapery on left shoulder.
Inscription in Greek.
Reverse: Eagle standing, wings outspread, head to left with wreath in beak.
Below, altar with three horns, above which is uncertain object.
Inscription in Greek.


One of a hoard of coins found in a pottery jar at Gush Halav in Upper Galilee and acquired by Major H. Ophir in Nazareth in 1948; by 1969: with Robert E. Hecht, Jr.; purchased by MFA from Robert E. Hecht, Jr., April 11, 1973

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour