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Tetradrachm of Kingdom of Characene with head of Tiraeus II

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Obverse: Diademed head of Tiraeus II to right. Border of dots. Reverse: Herakles seated to left with club in raised right hand, left placed on his lion's skin over the rock. Monograms above and below arm. Inscriptions in Greek at left and right and below Herakles. (see media screen for...

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Said to have been found at Basra in southern Iraq; by date unknown: with A. H. Baldwin & Sons, Ltd., 3 Robert Street, Adelphi, London W.C. 2; purchased by MFA from A. H. Baldwin & Sons, Ltd., October 9, 1958, for £ 100/0/0

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour

Greek, Late Hellenistic Period, 49–48 B.C.


Characene (Kingdom)

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek Coins, 1950-1963 (MFA), no. 305.


Diameter: 28.5 mm. Weight: 15.63 gm. Die Axis: 12

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Numismatics, Coins