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.
- Ancient Greek
- Tetradrachm (Coin) Depicting the God Apollo Gryneios
- 200 BCE–1 BCE
- Reverse: ΜΥΡΙΝΑΙΩΝ
- Diam. 3.6 cm; 16.23 g
- Gift of Martin A. Ryerson