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. 2257.


Diameter: 28 mm. Weight: 15.64 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 hair, hair covered by elephant skin with beaded edge below, and aegis tied at throat.
Beaded border.
Reverse: Athena Alkidemos advancing to right, spear in raised right hand, shield on left arm; she wears crested Athenian 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.
Corinthian helmet over small eagle with closed wings to right on thunderbolt.
Inscription in Greek at left and monogram at right.
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