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Tetradrachm (Coin) Depicting the Goddess Athena

A work made of silver.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of silver.

Date:

about 163 BCE

Artist:

Greek

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.

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Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium

Culture

Ancient Greek

Title

Tetradrachm (Coin) Depicting the Goddess Athena

Origin

Athens

Date

163 BCE

Medium

Silver

Inscriptions

Reverse: Α Θ Ε ΕΥ ΜΗ ΕΠΙ ΣΩΣΑΝ ΑΠΟΣ

Dimensions

Diam. 3 cm; 16.05 g

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. William Nelson Pelouze

Reference Number

1923.1131

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