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Tetradrachm (Coin) Depicting the God Apollo Gryneios

A work made of silver.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of silver.

Date:

189 BCE or later

Artist:

Greek; minted in Myrina, Aeolis, Asia Minor (modern Turkey)

About this artwork

The front (obverse) of this coin depicts the head of the god Apollo, laureate, facing to the right. The back (reverse) depicts Apollo marching right, holding a patera and garlanded laurel branch; at his feet are an omphalos and diota.

This coin is recognized as one of the most beautiful examples of minting from antiquity. Apollo is wearing a wreath of laurel, which was his sacred plant. In his youth Apollo pursued a nymph named Daphne (another name for laurel), who chose to turn into a laurel tree to escape the god.

On View

Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium, Gallery 151

Culture

Ancient Greek

Title

Tetradrachm (Coin) Depicting the God Apollo Gryneios

Origin

Greece

Date

200 BCE–1 BCE

Medium

Silver

Inscriptions

Reverse: ΜΥΡΙΝΑΙΩΝ

Dimensions

Diam. 3.6 cm; 16.23 g

Credit Line

Gift of Martin A. Ryerson

Reference Number

1922.4927

Extended information about this artwork

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