Tetradrachm of Carrhae with bust of Caracalla

Roman Provincial
Imperial Period
A.D. 215–217

Mint: Mesopotamia, Carrhae; Findspot: Upper Galilee, Gush Halav


Diameter: 27.5 mm. Weight: 12.73 gm. Die Axis: 12

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Obverse: Radiate, draped, cuirassed bust of Caracalla to left, spear in right hand, shield with bull’s head on left arm.
Inscription in Greek.
Reverse: Eagle stands on groundline, head right with wreath in beak.
In field at left, star. Below eagle, crescent. In exergue, two dots.
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.; September 28, 1970: purchased from Robert E. Hecht, Jr. by Mary B. Comstock for MFA; gift of Mary B. Comstock to MFA, November 10, 1970

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Mary B. Comstock