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Tetradrachm of Edessa with bust of Caracalla

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Obverse: Laureate, draped, cuirassed bust of Caracalla to right. Inscription in Greek around. Reverse: Eagle standing, wings spread, head right with wreath in beak. Between legs, shrine with pediment. Inscription in Greek around. (see media screen for Greek inscriptions)

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.; February 22, 1970: purchased from Robert E. Hecht, Jr. by Mary B. Comstock for MFA; gift of Mary B. Comstock to MFA, April 8, 1970

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Mary B. Comstock

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

Findspot

Gush Halav, Upper Galilee

Mint

Edessa, Mesopotamia

Dimensions

Diameter: 27 mm. Weight: 14.33 gm. Die Axis: 11

Accession Number

1970.321

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Numismatics, Coins