User Menu

MFA for Educators

Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.

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

Start collecting

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)

Provenance

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.

Mint

Alexandria, Egypt (Kingdom)

Catalogue Raisonné

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

Dimensions

Diameter: 29 mm. Weight: 14.20 gm.

Accession Number

04.1188

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Numismatics, Coins