Tetradrachm of Kingdom of Macedonia with head of Herakles, struck in the name of Alexander III

Early Hellenistic Period
about 323–317 B.C.

Mint: Macedonia (Kingdom), Memphis or Alexandria (Egypt)

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 0680; Highlights: Classical Art (MFA), p. 031.


Diameter: 28 mm. Weight: 17.05 gm.

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On View

Michael C. Ruettgers Gallery for Ancient Coins (Gallery 212C)


The Ancient World



Obverse: Head of youthful Herakles to right with lion’s skin.
Beaded border.
Reverse: Zeus, laureate, sits to left on throne without back, a himation over his knees, right foot drawn back on foot stool, an eagle on right hand, left hand on sceptre. Sceptre beaded.
At left, a rose in profile.
Below throne and at right: inscriptions in Greek.
Beaded border.

Probably satrapy of Ptolemy I striking in the name of Alexander III.


By date unknown: Canon Greenwell Collection (according to MFA file card); July 1902: acquired from Canon Greenwell Collection by Edward Perry Warren; September, 1904

(Note that this piece is not listed by Regling, Die Griechischen Münzen der Sammlung Warren, as coming from the Greenwell collection)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund