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Tetradrachm of Kingdom of Baktria with head of Diodotos I, struck under Antimachos I

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Obverse: Diademed head of Diodotos I to right. Border of dots. Reverse: Zeus advancing to left, thunderbolt in raised right hand, aegis with Gorgoneion on left arm. In field at left, wreath above eagle. Ground line; border of dots. Monogram to right of right leg. Inscription in Greek in left...

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By 1912: with Dr. Jacob Hirsch, Arcisstrasse 17, Munich, Germany (Hirsch auction 31, May 6ff., 1912, lot 515: from the Captain Hay Collection and the Sir E. C. Bayley Collection); by 1959: with Münzen und Medaillen A.G., Malzgasse 25, Basel, Switzerland (Münzen und Medaillen A.G. auction 19, June 5-6, 1959, lot 569); purchased at the Münzen und Medaiien auction on behalf of MFA by Leu & Company, Bahnhofstrasse 32, Zurich, Switzerland; purchased by MFA from Leu & Company, September 17, 1959, for $ 5,457.85 (this is the total price for 59.483-59.489)

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour

Greek, Hellenistic Period, about 180–165 B.C.


Baktra, Baktria (Kingdom)

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek Coins, 1950-1963 (MFA), no. 308.


Diameter: 33 mm. Weight: 16.84 gm. Die Axis: 10

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Numismatics, Coins