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Tetradrachm of Byblus with bust of Caracalla

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Obverse: Laureate, draped, cuirassed bust of Caracalla to right. Inscription in Greek. Reverse: Eagle standing, wings outspread, head to left with wreath in beak. Below, altar with three horns. Above, at right: XX. Inscription in Greek.


One of a hoard of coins found in a pottery jar at Gush Halav in Upper Galilee and acquired by Major H. Ophir in Nazareth in 1948; by 1969: with Robert E. Hecht, Jr.; purchased by MFA from Robert E. Hecht, Jr., April 11, 1973

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Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour

Roman Provincial, Imperial Period, A.D. 215–217


Gush Halav, Upper Galilee


Byblus, Syria


Diameter: 26.5 mm. Weight: 13.27 gm. Die Axis: 12

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