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Tetradrachm of Kingdom of Egypt with head of Ptolemy I, struck under Ptolemy II

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Obverse: Head of Ptolemy I to right with fillet in loose locks of hair and aegis tied at throat. Beaded border. Reverse: Eagle standing to left on thunderbolt with wings slightly raised. At left oval shield and M; between legs, A; around, [inscription]. (see media screen for inscriptions)


By date unknown: Canon Greenwell Collection; July 1902: acquired from Canon Greenwell Collection by Edward Perry Warren; purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, September, 1904 Regling did not list as Greenwell.

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

Greek, Hellenistic Period, 285–284 B.C.


Alexandria, Egypt (Kingdom)

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 2266.


Diameter: 29 mm. Weight: 14.20 gm.

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Numismatics, Coins