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

Early Hellenistic Period
about 305 B.C.

Mint: Egypt (Kingdom), Cyprus (?)

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek Coins, 1950-1963 (MFA), no. 318.


Diameter: 30 mm. Weight: 15.56 gm. Die Axis: 12

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Obverse: Head of Alexander the Great to right, with horn of Ammon, diademed and wearing elephant’s skin and aegis.
Three chopmarks on cheek. Greek letter delta on aegis.
Border of dots.
Reverse: Athena to right, shield on left arm and spear in raised right hand.
At right, Corinthian helmet and eagle on thunderbolt.
Inscription in left field, upwards and monogram in right field.
Ground line.
Border of dots.


By date unknown: Capt. Shepherd Collection; by 1958: Anonymous U.S. Private Collection; Anonymous gift to MFA in memory of Prof. David M. Robinson, March 13, 1958

Credit Line

Anonymous gift in memory of Prof. David M. Robinson