Tetradrachm of Kingdom of Egypt with head of deified Alexander the Great, struck under Ptolemy I

Early Hellenistic Period
318–315/4 B.C.

Mint: Egypt (Kingdom), Alexandria

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 2250.


Diameter: 27 mm. Weight: 17.10 gm.

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Obverse: Within a circle of dots, head of Alexander the Great to right, with the horn of Ammon, and wearing an elephant-skin over his head, and an aegis around his neck.
Reverse: Within a circle of dots, Zeus seated to left on a throne with a footstool but no back. He holds an eagle on his right hand, extended, and his sceptre-a dotted line-in his left. In field, left, a thunderbolt.
Inscriptions in Greek in field at right and under the throne.


By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; 1901: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 22,142.63 (this figure is the total price for MFA 01.5425-01.5657)

Credit Line

Catharine Page Perkins Fund