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Tetradrachm of Hierapolis with bust of Caracalla

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Obverse: Radiate, draped, cuirassed bust of Caracalla, head turned to left. Inscription in Greek. Reverse: Eagle standing on lion, wings outspread, head to right with wreath in beak. 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.; April 11, 1973: purchased by MFA from Robert E. Hecht, Jr.

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Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour

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


Gush Halav, Upper Galilee


Hierapolis, Syria


Diameter: 25.5 mm. Weight: 14.17 gm. Die Axis: 12

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