Tetradrachm of Kingdom of Syria with busts of Kleopatra Thea and Antiochos VIII

Hellenistic Period
125 B.C.

Mint: Syria (Kingdom), Ake-Ptolemais (Phoenicia)

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 2182.


Diameter: 29 mm. Weight: 16.42 gm.

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Obverse: Jugate busts of Kleopatra Thea and Antiochos VIII; former with hair on forehead and cheek in corkscrew curls, diadem, stephane, veil, pendent earring and necklace; latter with diadem and chlamys.
Fillet border.
Reverse: Zeus Olympios seated left on throne with back; on extended right, Nike to right, crowning him with wreath; raised left hand on upright scepter; laureate; hair rolled; upper body nude, lower covered with himation; right leg drawn back.
Inscriptions in Greek in left and right fields. Monogram at left.


By 1925: with Naville & Cie., 6 & 8 Rue Pécolat, Geneva, Switzerland (Naville auction 10, Hôtel Schweizerhof, Lucerne, Switzerland, June 15-18, 1925, lot 1382); by date unknown: U.S. Private Collection; April 4, 1935: Anonymous gift to MFA

Credit Line

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