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

Early Hellenistic Period
315/4–300 B.C.

Mint: Egypt (Kingdom), Alexandria

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 2253.


Diameter: 27 mm. Weight: 17.07 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, broad band in hand, and hair covered by elephant skin (aegis also?).
Reverse: Athena Alkidemos advancing to right, spear in raised right hand, shield on left arm; she wears crested Attic helmet, chiton girded over overfold, and a scarf with “swallow tail” ends which passes forward from the back, is drawn up and thrown back again over both shoulders.
Inscription in Greek and monogram at left.
At right, inscription in Greek and small eagle with closed wings.


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