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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.


196-187 BCE



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 quadraped, palmettes and scrolls; trimmed with a flat band decorated with sunken squares. 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. The scene is encircled by an olive wreath.


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Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium


Ancient Greek


Tetradrachm (Coin) Depicting the Goddess Athena


Athens (Minted in)

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196 BCE–187 BCE




Reverse: Α Ο Ε ΔΙ ΟΦΑ ΔΙΟ ΔΟ


Diam.: 3.6 cm (1 7/16 in.)

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Gift of Mrs. William Nelson Pelouze

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