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Tetradrachm of Kingdom of Syria with bust of Alexander I Balas

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Obverse: Bust of Alexander I Balas to right, diademed, ends hanging downwards; chlamys round neck. Beaded border. Reverse: Within beaded border, eagle with closed wings standing left on prow of galley, left; over shoulder, palm. At left, monogram of Tyre, on club. Inscription in Greek above...

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By 1925: with Naville & Cie., 6 & 8 Rue Pécolat, Geneva, Switzerland (Naville auction 10, Hôtel Schweizerhof, Lucerne, Switzerland, June 15-18, 1925, lot 1167); by date unknown: U.S. Private Collection; April 4, 1935: Anonymous gift to MFA in memory of Zoë Wilbour

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

Greek, Hellenistic Period, 149–148 B.C.


Tyre (Phoenicia), Syria (Kingdom)

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 2172.


Diameter: 29 mm. Weight: 13.88 gm.

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


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