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Tetradrachm (Coin) Depicting the God Dionysos

A work made of silver.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of silver.

Date:

after 146 BCE

Artist:

Greek; minted in Thasos, Thrace

About this artwork

Herakles was the consummate hero. Temples across Greece and South Italy were dedicated to him, the son of Zeus, and Romans, who knew him as Hercules, celebrated him as a role model. With brute force, determination, and just enough cleverness, Herakles completed his famous Twelve Labors to become immortal. Herakles is readily identifiable by his knobby club and lion’s skin. The latter refers to his First Labor, in which he killed a magical beast who was ravaging the town of Nemea. The lion’s invincible hide made him immune to weapons, so Herakles strangled him and took his pelt. Depictions of Herakles’s other Labors can be seen throughout the galleries.

Herakles can be identified on the back (reverse) of this coin by his attributes, the knobby club and the lion’s skin. The front (obverse) of this coin depicts the head of the god Dionysos, facing right, crowned with an ivy wreath.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium

Culture

Ancient Greek

Title

Tetradrachm (Coin) Depicting the God Dionysos

Origin

Thásos

Date

146 BCE

Medium

Silver

Inscriptions

Reverse: ΗΡΑΚΛΕΟΥΣ ΣΩΤΗΡΟΣ ΘΑΣΙΩΝ Μ

Dimensions

Diam. 3.2 cm; 16.57 g

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. William Nelson Pelouze

Reference Number

1923.1178

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