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Tetradrachm of Kingdom of Persis with head of Bagadates (Bagdat) I

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Obverse: Head of Bagdat I, bearded, to right; he wears tiara or satrapal bonnet, diadem, and earring; border of dots. Reverse: Fire temple with double panelled doors, podium, pilasters and cornice; above three battlements, each with two horns; on left, Bagdat standing right, with both hands...

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By date unknown between 1905 and 1935: Ernst Herzfeld Collection; by 1947: with Edward Gans, Numismatic Fine Arts, 101 West 55th Street, New York 19, N.Y. (Mail Bid Sale, No. 3, March 25, 1947, lot 26 of the Herzfeld Collection: said to have been found by peasants working on the fields); purchased by MFA as an anonymous gift in memory of Zoë Wilbour (1864-1885), April 10, 1947, for $ 450.00 (this is the total price for MFA 47.1013-47.1015)

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Anonymous gift in memory of Zoë Wilbour (1864–1885)

Greek, Hellenistic Period, Early 3rd century B.C.


Persis (Kingdom)

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 2342.


Diameter: 32 mm. Weight: 15.87 gm.

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Numismatics, Coins