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. 2248.


Diameter: 27 mm. Weight: 17.04 gm.

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Obverse: Head of deified Alexander the Great to right with Ammon’s horns, elephant skin, and aegis tied at neck. Broad fillet in hair.
Reverse: Zeus seated to left on throne without back, right foot drawn back on footstool, left hand raised on beaded sceptre, right hand holding eagle to right with closed wings; over his knees is a mantle.
At left in field a thunderbolt.
Inscriptions in Greek at right and below throne.
Beaded border.


By date unknown: Canon Greenwell Collection; July 1902: acquired from Canon Greenwell Collection by Edward Perry Warren; purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, September, 1904

Not listed as Greenwell by Regling.

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund