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Hemidrachm (Coin) Depicting the God Zeus Amarios

A work made of silver.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of silver.

Date:

191-146 BCE

Artist:

Greek, minted in Messene

About this artwork

The front (obverse) of this coin depicts the head of Zeus Amarios, facing to the right. On the back (reverse) is a monogram symbol of the Achaean League within a laurel wreath.

Zeus Amarios, along with Demeter Panachaia, were the protecting deities of the Achaean League, which was first formed in the fifth century BCE as a confederation of Greek city-states in the Peloponnese of Greece. Temples to both deities were situated side by side at Aegium, in the northwestern Peloponnese, where the main assemly of the League held its meeting. A second Achaean League was established in 280 BCE but was later conquered and dissolved by the Romans in 146 BCE.

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Artist

Ancient Greek

Title

Hemidrachm (Coin) Depicting the God Zeus Amarios

Origin

Ancient Greece

Date

191 BCE–146 BCE

Medium

Silver

Dimensions

Diam. 1.5 cm; 1.96 g

Credit Line

Gift of William F. Dunham

Reference Number

1920.2774

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