About this artwork
The front (obverse) of this coin depicts the goddess Nike facing to the right. On the back (reverse) is the god Pan, holding a spear and a staff, crowning himself.
When the Romans conquered the Italian Peninsula, the Bruttii, the native occupants of the “toe” of Italy, were allowed to issue their own coins until 203 BCE when the Romans closed the mints. This is one of the last coins issued by the city. The image of the winged goddess Nike was a favorite of the Bruttii, but a profile face of Nike is rare because of the difficulty in rendering the goddess’s trademark wings. Here the artist daintily tucked them on either side of her throat.
- Ancient Greek
- Drachm (Coin) Depicting the Goddess Nike
- 216 BCE–203 BCE
- Reverse: (ΒΡ) ΕΤΤΙΩΝ
- Diam. 1.9 cm; 4.69 g
- Gift of Mrs. William Nelson Pelouze