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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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Provenance

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

Credit Line

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

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

Mint

Tyre (Phoenicia), Syria (Kingdom)

Catalogue Raisonné

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

Dimensions

Diameter: 29 mm. Weight: 13.88 gm.

Accession Number

35.127

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Numismatics, Coins