Tetradrachm of Kingdom of Baktria with bust of Apollodotos I

Hellenistic Period
about 180–160 B.C.

Mint: Baktria (Kingdom), Baktra


Diameter: 35 mm. Weight: 15.72 gm. Die Axis: 12

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Obverse: Diademed and draped bust of Apollodotos I to right, wearing a kausia (Macedonian hat).
Bead-and-reel border.
Reverse: Athena seated left, holding Nike, who crowns the king’s name, and a spear, resting her left elbow on shield.
Monogram in exergue.
Inscriptions in Greek in field at right and left.


By January 2004: with Classical Numismatic Group, Inc., P.O. Box 479, Lancaster PA 17608 (auction: Triton VII, Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, 301 Park Ave., New York, January 13-14, 2003, lot 696); purchased at Classical Numismatic Group auction on behalf of MFA by Harlan J. Berk, Ltd., 31 North Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois 60602; purchased by MFA from Harlan J. Berk, Ltd., February 25, 2004

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour