Tetradrachm of Edessa with bust of Caracalla

Roman Provincial
Imperial Period
A.D. 215–217

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


Diameter: 27 mm. Weight: 14.33 gm. Die Axis: 11

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Obverse: Laureate, draped, cuirassed bust of Caracalla to right.
Inscription in Greek.
Reverse: Eagle standing, wings spread, head right with wreath in beak.
Between legs, shrine with pediment.
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.; February 22, 1970: purchased from Robert E. Hecht, Jr. by Mary B. Comstock for MFA; gift of Mary B. Comstock to MFA, April 8, 1970

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Mary B. Comstock