Tetradrachm of Smyrna with head of Cybele

Hellenistic Period
about 190–133 B.C.

Mint: Ionia, Smyrna

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek Coins, 1950-1963 (MFA), no. 178.


Diameter: 33 mm. Weight: 16.01 gm. Die Axis: 12

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Obverse: Turreted head of Cybele to right.
Reverse: Oak-wreath.
Inscription in Greek and monogram within wreath.


By date unknown: Edward Bunbury Collection; by 1896: with Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, 13 Wellington Street, Strand, London W.C. (auction of the Bunbury Collection, part 2, December 7-12, 1896, lot 198); purchased at the Bunbury auction by Gulbenkian; by 1929: with Ars Classica, 31 Quai du Mont-Blanc, Geneva, Switzerland (Ars Classica auction 14 with the collections of Spencer Churchill and two other amateurs, Hôtel Schweizerhof, Lucerne, Switzerland, July 1929, lot 373); by 1962: with Edward Gans, 10 Rock Lane, Berkeley 8, California (Gans List 29, 1962-63, no. 7211); December 12, 1962: purchased by MFA from Edward Gans for $ 175-

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour