Tetradrachm of Kingdom of Cappadocia with bust of Orophernes

Hellenistic Period
about 159–157 B.C.

Mint: uncertain mint in Asia Minor Ionia or Cappadocia


Diameter: 30.5 mm. Weight: 16.32 gm. Die Axis: 12

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On View

Michael C. Ruettgers Gallery for Ancient Coins (Gallery 212C)


The Ancient World



Obverse: Diademed bust of Orophernes to right.
Reverse: Nike standing, winged, palm in left hand, wreath in right crowning king’s name.
In field at left, owl on altar and monogram.
Inscriptions in Greek around and in exergue.


Said to be part of the Priene Hoard of 1870; by date unknown: Sir John Evans Collection; 1924: Spink & Son auction of Sir John Evans Collection, November 11, 1924; by date unknown: John W. Garrett Collection; 1942: bequest of John W. Garrrett to The Johns Hopkins University; by 1984: with Bank Leu AG, Bahnhofstrasse 32, Zurich, Switzerland and Numismatic Fine Arts, Inc., P.O. Box 3788, Beverly Hills, California 90212 (auction of the Garrett Collection by order of The Johns Hopkins University, part 2, Savoy Hotel - Baur en Ville, Zurich, October 16, 1984, lot 281: with earlier provenance); purchased at the Garrett auction on behalf of MFA by A. H. Baldwin & Sons, Ltd., 11 Adelphi Terrace, London WC2N 6BJ, England; November 21, 1984: purchased by MFA from A. H. Baldwin & Sons, Ltd.

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Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour