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Tetradrachm of Tyre with bust of Caracalla

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Obverse: Laureate, draped, cuirassed bust of Caracalla right. Legend in Greek Reverse: Eagle stands, wings spread, head left with wreath in beak. Below, murex shell and club. Legend in Greek

Provenance

One of a hoard of coins found in a pottery jar at Gush Halav in Upper Galilee and acquired by Major H. Ophir in Nazareth in 1948; by 1969: with Robert E. Hecht, Jr.; 1970: purchased by Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III from Robert E. Hecht, Jr.; loaned to MFA by Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III, June 10, 1970 (as 137.1970); gift of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III to MFA, December 16, 1998

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III

Roman Provincial, Imperial Period, A.D. 213–217

Findspot

Gush Halav, Upper Galilee

Mint

Tyre, Syria

Dimensions

Diameter: 26 mm. Weight: 12.59 gm. Die Axis: 5

Accession Number

1998.524

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Numismatics, Coins