Tetradrachm of Kingdom of Syria with head of deified Alexander the Great (?), struck under Seleukos I

Early Hellenistic Period
about 305–295 B.C.

Mint: Syria (Kingdom), Susa (Persia)

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 2148.


Diameter: 27 mm. Weight: 16.63 gm.

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On View

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


The Ancient World



Obverse: Head of Seleukos I to right, wearing helmet covered with panther’s skin, on side of which, the horns and ears of bull; panther’s skin around throat.
Beaded border.
Reverse: Within beaded border, Nike standing right, clad in girdled chiton, placing wreath on trophy consisting of tree stump, helmet, sword, cuirass, and shield with star device. Monograms in field and under wing. Greek inscription around.
Beaded border
Struck under Seleukos I (312-280 B.C.).


Said to be Cat. Sotheby, Late Collector, 1900, lot 418; by date unknown: Frank Sherman Benson Collection; by 1909: with Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, 13 Wellington Street, Strand, London, W.C. (auction of the Frank Sherman Benson Collection, February 3-5, 8-11, 1909, lot 754); by 1925: with Naville & Cie., 6 & 8 rue Pécolat, Geneva, Switzerland (Naville auction 10, Hôtel Schweizerhof, Lucerne, Switzerland, June 15-18, 1925, lot 795); by 1935: U.S. Private Collection; April 4, 1935: Anonymous gift to MFA in memory of Zoë Wilbour

Credit Line

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