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Drachm (Coin) Depicting the Goddess Nike

A work made of silver.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of silver.


216-203 BCE


Greek; minted in Bruttium, Italy

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.


On View, Gallery 151


Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium


Ancient Greek


Drachm (Coin) Depicting the Goddess Nike


216 BCE–203 BCE




Reverse: (ΒΡ) ΕΤΤΙΩΝ


Diam. 1.9 cm; 4.69 g

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Gift of Mrs. William Nelson Pelouze

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