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

Greek
Early Hellenistic Period
315/4–295 B.C. or later


Mint: Egypt (Kingdom), Alexandria

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 2346.

Dimensions

Diameter: 27 mm. Weight: 15.64 gm.

Accession Number

40.177

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Coins

Obverse: Head of Alexander the Great right, wearing elephant’s skin.
Reverse: Within circle of dots archaistic Athena Promachos right hurling spear with raised right hand; shield held on left arm.
Inscription in Greek at left; monograms in field at left and right.

Provenance

By 1940: Private Collection, U.S.; anonymous gift to MFA, April 11, 1940

Credit Line

Anonymous gift in memory of Zoë Wilbour (1864–1885)