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

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Obverse: Wreathed head of Zeus to right. Border of dots. Reverse: Armed Athena to right, in a quadriga of elephants. Ground line. Monogram and anchor above elephant. Inscription in Greek around, in left field, and in exergue. (see media screen for Greek inscription and monogram) Ruler:...

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Provenance

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, April 4ff., 1921, lot 2919); by date unknown: R. Cyril Lockett Collection (SNG, Lockett, no. 3095); 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 2553); by date unknown: with Robert E. Hecht, Jr.; September 19, 1962: purchased by MFA from Robert E. Hecht, Jr., for $ 100- (total price for 62.639–62.655 = $ 2300-)

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour

Greek, Early Hellenistic Period, about 288–287 B.C.

Mint

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

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek Coins, 1950-1963 (MFA), no. 260.

Dimensions

Diameter: 17 mm. Weight: 3.86 gm. Die Axis: 11

Accession Number

62.648

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Numismatics, Coins