About this artwork
The front of this coin depicts the goddess Athena Parthenos wearing a triple crested Athenian helmet, the decorative scheme of which includes a flying Pegasus, palmettes and scrolls; the cheek piece of the helmet is raised, revealing loose curls of hair on the goddess’s neck and a pendant earring. A decorative border of dots is partially preserved.
On the back an Owl, another symbol of Athena, stands atop a vessel on its side. A diminutive eagle is shown perched at left. The scene is encircled by an olive wreath.
- Currently Off View
- Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium
- Ancient Greek
- Tetradrachm (Coin) Depicting the Goddess Athena
- Athens (Minted in)
- 163 BCE
- Reverse: Α Θ Ε ΕΥ ΜΗ ΕΠΙ ΣΩΣΑΝ ΑΠΟΣ
- Diam.: 3 cm (1 3/16 in.)
- Gift of Mrs. William Nelson Pelouze