Tetrobol of Magnetes (Magnesia-on-the-Maeander) with horse and rider

Hellenistic Period
about 155–145 B.C.

Mint: Ionia, Magnetes (Magnesia-on-the-Maeander)

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek Coins, 1950-1963 (MFA), no. 171.


Diameter: 16 mm. Weight: 2.74 gm. Die Axis: 12

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Obverse: Mounted horseman to right, wearing “Bactrian” helmet, cloak, and cuirass, carrying a raised lance. Small ground line.
At lower right, beneath horseman: B.
Border of dots.
Reverse: Humped bull with lowered head, charging to left on groundline.
Maeander border around.
Inscriptions above and in exergue.


By date unknown: S. Pozzi Collection: by 1920: with Naville & Cie., 6 and 8 Rue Pécolat, Geneva, Switzerland (auction of the Pozzi Collection, Galeries Fischer, Lucerne, Switzerland, April 4ff., 1921, lot 2456); by date unknown: R. Cyril Lockett Collection (SNG, Lockett, no. 2828); by 1961: with Glendining & Co., Ltd., 7 Blenheim Street, New Bond Street, London, W. 1 (auction of the Lockett Collection, February 21-23, 1961, lot 2306); purchased at the Lockett auction by A. H. Baldwin and 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