Tetradrachm of Kingdom of Baktria with bust of Demetrios I

Hellenistic Period
about 200–185 B.C.

Mint: Baktria (Kingdom)

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek Coins, 1950-1963 (MFA), no. 309.


Diameter: 35.5 mm. Weight: 16.78 gm. Die Axis: 12

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Medium or Technique


On View

Ancient Near East Gallery (Gallery 110)


The Ancient World



Obverse: Bust of Demetrios I to right, wearing tunic, cloak and elephant-skin cap.
Cable border. Slightly doublestruck.
Reverse: Herakles standing on ground line, facing, holding club and lion’s skin in the left hand, crowning himself with the right.
Inscription at left and right; monogram at left.
Cable border.


By 1912: with Dr. Jacob Hirsch, Arcisstrasse 17, Munich, Germany (auction 31, including the Sir E. C. Bayley Collection, May 12ff., lot 510); by date unknown: Clarence S. Bement Collection; by 1924: with Naville & Cie. (Naville auction 6 [Clarence S. Bement Collection], 6 & 8 rue Pécolat, Geneva, Switzerland, January 28 ff., 1924, lot 1790); by date unknown: Richard Cyril Lockett Collection (SNG, Lockett, no. 3351); by 1961: with Glendining & Co., 7 Blenheim Street, New Bond Street, London W 1 (auction of the Lockett Collection, part 12, February 21-23, lot 2742); purchased at the Glendining & Co. auction by A. H. Baldwin and Sons, Ltd., 3 Robert Street, Adelphi, London W.C. 2, England on behalf of MFA; April 12, 1961: purchased by MFA from A. H. Baldwin and Sons, Ltd. for £ 1,056/13/0 (this is the total cost for 61.187-61.194 including commission)

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour