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Obol of Kingdom of Syria with head of Herakles, struck under Seleukos I

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Obverse: Head of Herakles right, wearing lionskin. Reverse: Zeus seated on throne to left, holding eagle in right hand, sceptre in left. Monogram In field at left. Inscriptions in Greek around and below throne. (see media screen for Greek inscriptions)


By date unknown: J. Hirsch Collection, no. 1424: by 1925: with Naville & Cie, 6 & 8 Rue Pécolat, Geneva, Switzerland (Naville auction 10, Hôtel Schweizerhof, Lucerne, Switzerland, June 15-18, 1925, lot 773); by date unknown: with Edward Gans, 10 Rock Lane, Berkeley 8, California (Gans List 28, Spring 1962, no. 6659); April 11, 1962: purchased by MFA from Edward Gans for $ 514.50 (this is the total cost of 62.288–62.316).

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour

Greek, Early Hellenistic Period, 300–298 B.C.


Susa (Persia), Syria (Kingdom)

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek Coins, 1950-1963 (MFA), no. 256.


Diameter: 9 mm. Weight: 0.63 gm. Die Axis: 9

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


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