Tetradrachm of Kingdom of Syria with busts of Alexander I Balas and Kleopatra Thea

Hellenistic Period
150 B.C.

Mint: Syria (Kingdom), Seleukeia-in-Pieria

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek Coins, 1950-1963 (MFA), no. 280.


Diameter: 28 mm. Weight: 15.80 gm. Die Axis: 12

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Obverse: Jugate busts to right, of Alexander I Balas (diademed) and Kleopatra Thea (as Tyche).
Cornucopia and A behind.
Reverse: Zeus enthroned to left, holding scepter-staff in left hand, Nike with thunderbolt on extended right hand. Ground line.
Inscriptions at left and right.


By date unknown: H. L. Haughton Collection; by 1958: with Sotheby & Co., 34 & 35 New Bond Street, London, W. 1 (auction of the Haughton Collection, April 30 and May 1, 1958, lot 210); purchased on behalf of MFA at the Haughton auction by A. H. Baldwin & Sons, Ltd., 3 Robert Street, Adelphi, London, W.C. 2; purchased by MFA from A. H. Baldwin & Sons, Ltd., June 5, 1958, for £ 558/10/0 (this is the total price for 58.504-58.514)

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour