Tetradrachm of Kingdom of Persis with head of Vahuberz (Oborzos)

Hellenistic Period
3rd–2nd century B.C.

Mint: Persis (Kingdom)

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 2343.


Diameter: 26 mm. Weight: 16.87 gm. Die Axis: 7

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Obverse: Head of Oborzos, bearded, right, in satrapal tiara with diadem across forehead.
Reverse: Fire temple with double-panelled doors, podium, pilasters and cornice; above, three battlements, each with two horns; on left, Oborzos standing right, with hands raised in adoration.

Inscription in Aramaic probably Vahuberz Frataraka zi Alahia according to the entry in the Brett catalogue.


By date unknown between 1905 and 1935: Ernst Herzfeld Collection; by 1947: with Edward Gans, Numismatic Fine Arts, 101 West 55th Street, New York 19, N.Y. (Mail Bid Sale, No. 3, March 25, 1947, lot 27 of the Herzfeld Collection: said to have been found by peasants working on the fields); purchased by MFA as an anonymous gift in memory of Zoë Wilbour (1864-1885), April 10, 1947, for $ 450.00 (this is the total price for MFA 47.1013-47.1015)

Credit Line

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