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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:

before 490 BCE

Artist:

Greek, minted in Athens

About this artwork

The front (obverse) of this coin depicts the goddess Athena, facing right.
On the back (reverse), an owl stands facing right, its wings folded against its body which is detailed with dots and fine lines indicating the different types of feathers. In the upper right an olive branch with two long leaves is shown.

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Ancient and Byzantine Art

Culture

Ancient Greek

Title

Tetradrachm (Coin) Depicting the Goddess Athena

Origin

Greater Athens

Date

490 BCE

Medium

Silver

Inscriptions

Reverse: AOE

Dimensions

Diam. 2.2 cm; 16.97 g

Credit Line

Gift of William F. Dunham

Reference Number

1920.697

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