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Tetradrachm of Kaunos with head of Herakles, struck in the name of Alexander III of Macedonia

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Obverse: Head of youthful Herakles to right with lion skin. Reverse: Zeus seated to left on throne without back, right foot drawn back, a himation over his knees; eagle on right hand, left hand on beaded sceptre. At right [inscription] above sphinx seated to left. To right: [inscription]....

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Greenwell Collection. September 1904: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

Greek, Hellenistic Period, 189–166 B.C. (?)


Kaunos, Caria

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 0703


Diameter: 35 mm. Weight: 16.87 gm.

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Numismatics, Coins