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Drachm of Kingdom of Syria with horned head of horse, struck under Seleukos I

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Obverse: Horned horse's head. Border of dots. Reverse: Anchor. Border of dots. Inscription in Greek in left and right fields, downwards. (see media screen for Greek inscriptions)

Provenance

By date unknown: Frank Sherman Benson Collection; by 1909: with Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, 13 Wellington Street, Strand, London W.C. (auction of the Benson Collection, February 3-5 and 8-11, 1909, lot 755a); 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 2925); by date unknown: R. Cyril Lockett Collection (SNG, Lockett, no. 3099); 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 2557); by date unknown: with Robert E. Hecht, Jr.; September 19, 1962: purchased by MFA from Robert E. Hecht, Jr., for $ 90- (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

Baktra (Baktria) (?), Syria (Kingdom)

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek Coins, 1950-1963 (MFA), no. 261.

Dimensions

Diameter: 17 mm. Weight: 4.04 gm. Die Axis: 7

Accession Number

62.649

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Numismatics, Coins