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

Early Hellenistic Period
about 292–291 B.C.

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

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek Coins, 1950-1963 (MFA), no. 259.


Diameter: 25 mm. Weight: 15.52 gm. Die Axis: 4

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Obverse: Wreathed head of Zeus to right.
Border of dots.
Reverse: Armed Athena to right, in a quadriga of elephants. She holds a shield in her raised right hand. Ground line.
Above, anchor and monogram from the letters H, P and A. (???) (see notes)
Inscriptions at upper left and in exergue.

Struck under Seleukos I (312-280 B.C.).


By date unknown: S. Pozzi Collection; by 1920: with Naville & Co., 6 and 8 Rue Pécolat, Geneva, Switzerland (Naville auction 1 of the Pozzi Collection, Les Galeries Fischer, Lucerne, Switzerland, April 4 ff., 1921, lot 2918); by date unknown: R. Cyril Lockett Collection (SNG, Lockett, no. 3093); by 1961; with Glendining & Co., Ltd., 7 Blenheim Street, New Bond Street, London, W. 1 (auction 12 of the Lockett Collection, February 21-23, lot 2551); purchased at Glendining auction by A. H. Baldwin & Sons, Ltd., 3 Robert Street, Adelphi, London, W.C.2; October 11, 1961: 61.1039–61.1067 purchased by MFA from A. H. Baldwin and Sons, Ltd. for a total price of £ 1099/-/-.

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour