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Tetradrachm of Caria with Persian king drawing bow

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Obverse: Persian king kneels to right, drawing back his bow. In field at left: P in ex.: BA Reverse: Satrap on horseback right holding spear. In field at left, bust of Herakles in lion skin. (see media screen for Greek inscriptions)


By date unknown: Edward Perry Warren Collection; by 1905: Sotheby auction of a well-known amateur [Edward Perry Warren], 1905, lot 28); by 1913: R. Jameson Collection (Monnaies Grecques Antiques [Feuardent Frères, Paris], vol. I, no. 1630); by date unknown: Walter Niggeler Collection; by 1965: with Bank Leu, Bahnhofstrasse 32, Zurich and Münzen und Medaillen, A.G., Malzgasse 25, Basel (auction of the Walter Niggeler Collection, pt. 1, Malzgasse 25, Basel, December 3-4, 1965, lot 508); purchased at the Basel auction on behalf of MFA by Münzen und Medaillen A.G.; January 12, 1966: purchased by MFA from Münzen und Medaillen A.G.

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour

Greek, Late Classical Period, about 340–334 B.C.


probably Caria (Satrapy)


Diameter: 25 mm. Weight: 15.10 gm. Die Axis: 3

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


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