Tetradrachm of Kingdom of Syria with head of Alexander I Balas

Greek
Hellenistic Period
150–145 B.C.


Mint: Syria (Kingdom), Susa (Persia)

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek Coins, 1950-1963 (MFA), no. 282.

Dimensions

Diameter: 29 mm. Weight: 16.63 gm. Die Axis: 7

Accession Number

63.480

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Coins

Obverse: Diademed bust of Alexander I Balas to right.
Cable border.
Reverse: Apollo seated to left on draped omphalos, bow in lowered left hand, arrow in right. Ground line.
Monograms at left and in exergue. Inscription in Greek at left and right.

(note that the monogram in the exergue is not correctly shown in the scan. The P should be attached to the right side of the M)

Provenance

By 1962: with Münzen und Medaillen A.G., Malzgasse 25, Basel, Switzerland (Münzen und Medaillen auction 25, November 17, 1962, lot 476); purchased by MFA from Münzen und Medaillen, A.G., May 8, 1963

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour