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Tetradrachm of Byblus with bust of Caracalla

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Obverse: Laureate bust of Caracalla to right, drapery on left shoulder. Inscription in Greek. Reverse: Eagle standing, wings outspread, head to left with wreath in beak. Below, altar with three horns, above which is uncertain object. Inscription in Greek.

Provenance

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

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour

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

Findspot

Gush Halav, Upper Galilee

Mint

Byblus, Syria

Dimensions

Diameter: 28.5 mm. Weight: 12.78 gm. Die Axis: 12

Accession Number

1973.182

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Numismatics, Coins