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Tetradrachm of Kingdom of Cappadocia with bust of Orophernes

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Obverse: Diademed bust of Orophernes to right. Reverse: Nike standing, winged, palm in left hand, wreath in right crowning king's name. In field at left, owl on altar and monogram. Inscriptions in Greek around and in exergue. (see media screen for monogram and Greek inscriptions)


Said to be part of the Priene Hoard of 1870; by date unknown: Sir John Evans Collection; 1924: Spink & Son auction of Sir John Evans Collection, November 11, 1924; by date unknown: John W. Garrett Collection; 1942: bequest of John W. Garrrett to The Johns Hopkins University; by 1984: with Bank Leu AG, Bahnhofstrasse 32, Zurich, Switzerland and Numismatic Fine Arts, Inc., P.O. Box 3788, Beverly Hills, California 90212 (auction of the Garrett Collection by order of The Johns Hopkins University, part 2, Savoy Hotel - Baur en Ville, Zurich, October 16, 1984, lot 281: with earlier provenance); purchased at the Garrett auction on behalf of MFA by A. H. Baldwin & Sons, Ltd., 11 Adelphi Terrace, London WC2N 6BJ, England; November 21, 1984: purchased by MFA from A. H. Baldwin & Sons, Ltd.

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Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour

Greek, Hellenistic Period, about 159–157 B.C.


uncertain mint in Asia Minor Ionia or Cappadocia


Diameter: 30.5 mm. Weight: 16.32 gm. Die Axis: 12

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