Tetradrachm of Egypt with head of Athena, struck under Sabakes

Late Classical Period
about 335–333 B.C.

Mint: Egypt, Memphis (under Persian control)

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek Coins, 1950-1963 (MFA), no. 317.


Diameter: 25 mm. Weight: 15.83 gm. Die Axis: 11

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Obverse: Head of Athena to right, wearing a helmet with scrolled olive-spray, an earring and a necklace.
Reverse: Owl to right, head facing, olive-spray at left; crescent moons left and right; thunderbolt at lower right.
Inscription in Aramaic script.


By date unknown: S. Pozzi Collection: by 1920: with Naville & Cie., 6 and 8 Rue Pécolat, Geneva, Switzerland (auction of the Pozzi Collection, Galeries Fischer, Lucerne, Switzerland, April 4ff., 1921, lot 1586); by date unknown: R. Cyril Lockett Collection (SNG, Lockett, no. 1899); by 1959: with Glendining & Co., Ltd., 7 Blenheim Street, New Bond Street, London, W. 1 (auction of the Lockett Collection, part 9, May 27-28, 1959, lot 1684); by date unknown: with A. H. Baldwin & Sons, Ltd., 3 Robert Street, Adelphi, London, W.C. 2; May 11, 1960: purchased by MFA from A. H. Baldwin & Sons, Ltd. for £ 62/10/00

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour