Tetradrachm of Kingdom of Syria with head of Zeus, struck under Seleukos I

Early Hellenistic Period
312–280 B.C.

Mint: Syria (Kingdom), Seleukeia-on-the-Tigris (Babylonia) (?)

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek Coins, 1950-1963 (MFA), no. 258.


Diameter: 28 mm. Weight: 17.04 gm. Die Axis: 6

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On View

Ancient Near East Gallery (Gallery 110)


The Ancient World



Obverse: Wreathed head of Zeus to right.
Reverse: Armed Athena to right, in quadriga of elephants.
Above: anchor and monogram from the Greek letters: H P and A
Inscription around.


By 1924: R. Jameson Collection (Collection R. Jameson, vol. 3, Suite des Monnaies Grecques Antiques et Impériales Romaines, Paris, Chez Feuardent Frères, no. 2343); by 1960: with Adolph Hess AG, Haldenstrasse 5, Lucerne, Switzerland and Bank Leu & Co. AG, Bahnhofstrasse 32, Zurich, Switzerland (auction, Hotel Schweizerhof, Lucerne, April 7, lot 238); purchased at the Hess Leu auction on behalf of MFA by Spink & Son, Ltd., 5-7 King Street, St. James's, London S.W. 1, England; May 11, 1960: purchased by MFA from Spink & Son, Ltd. for Swiss fr. 8,221 (this is the total price for 60.518-60.525)

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour