Tetradrachm of Kingdom of Syria with heads of Demetrios I and Laodike

Hellenistic Period
162–150 B.C.

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

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek Coins, 1950-1963 (MFA), no. 276.


Diameter: 27 mm. Weight: 16.36 gm. Die Axis: 12

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Obverse: Jugate heads, to right, of Demetrios I and Laodike, the former diademed and the latter wearing a stephane.
Cable border.
Reverse: Tyche seated to left, on throne supported by winged female monster, holding scepter and cornucopia. Ground line. Palm branch at left.
Monogram at left. Inscription around and in exergue.


By date unknown: Baron Dayet Collection; by date unknown: Henry Platt Hall Collection; by 1950: with Glendining & Co., Ltd., 7 Blenheim Street, New Bond Street, London, W. 1 (auction of the Hall Collection, part 1, July 19-21, 1950, lot 184); by date unknown: H. L. Haughton Collection; by 1958: with Sotheby & Co., 34 & 35 New Bond Street, London, W. 1 (auction of the Haughton Collection, April 30 and May 1, 1958, lot 204); purchased on behalf of MFA at the Haughton auction by A. H. Baldwin & Sons, Ltd., 3 Robert Street, Adelphi, London, W.C. 2; purchased by MFA from A. H. Baldwin & Sons, Ltd., June 5, 1958, for
£ 558/10/0 (this is the total price for 58.504-58.514)

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour