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Tetradrachm (Coin) Depicting the Goddess Athena

A work made of silver.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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Date:

196-187 BCE

Artist:

Greek

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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Ancient and Byzantine Art

Culture

Ancient Greek

Title

Tetradrachm (Coin) Depicting the Goddess Athena

Origin

Athens

Date

196 BCE–187 BCE

Medium

Silver

Inscriptions

Reverse: Α Ο Ε ΔΙ ΟΦΑ ΔΙΟ ΔΟ

Dimensions

Diam. 3.6 cm; 16.08 g

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. William Nelson Pelouze

Reference Number

1923.1133

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