Obverse: Laureate bust of Septimius Severus

Reverse: Tyche of Antioch, draped, with turreted crown, seated on Mount Or...

Collection: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Context: Antioch
Material: Silver
Denomination: Tetradrachm
Issuing Authority: Septimius Severus
Actual Weight: 12.47 g.
Die Axis: 12
Date: exact 202 AD - exact 207 AD
Dimensions: 28 mm.
Region: Syria
Period: Severan


Obverse Type: Within a dotted circle sits the draped figure of the Tyche (Fortune) of Antioch, profile to the right on Mount Oropos (pile of rocks). She wears a turreted (mural) crown and holds ears of corn with a poppy, in her outstretched right hand. At her feet swims the river god, Orontes, in 3/4-view to the right, although he looks back to the left.

Donor: Theodora Wilbour Fund in Memory of Zoƫ Wilbour

Commentary: Imperial tetradrachm

Sources Used: A. Bellinger, Syrian Tetradrachms of Caracalla and Macrinus (New York 1940) 21, no. 1, variable reverse legend