Tetradrachm of Chios with head of Herakles, struck in the name of Alexander III of Macedonia

Greek
Hellenistic Period
190–88 B.C.


Mint: Ionia (Islands off), Chios

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek Coins, 1950-1963 (MFA), no. 183.

Dimensions

Diameter: 32 mm. Weight: 16.73 gm. Die Axis: 12

Accession Number

61.645

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Coins

Obverse: Head of Herakles-Alexander in lion’s skin to right.
Reverse: Half-draped Zeus enthroned to left, eagle on right hand and scepter-staff vertically in left. At left, monogram and sphinx seated to left, holding a bunch of grapes over an amphora to left.
Inscription at right, downwards.

Provenance

August 1, 1961: 61.642-61.645 acquired by Cornelius C. Vermeule in the art market on behalf of MFA for $ 2000- with discretionary funds voted in advance by the Committee on the Collections; accessioned by MFA, September 20, 1961

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour