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Diobol (Coin) Depicting an Ear of Grain

A work made of silver.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of silver.

Date:

500-473 BCE

Artist:

Greek; minted in Metapontum, Italy

About this artwork

The front (obverse) of this coin depicts an ear of barley. The back (reverse) depicts a bull with its head and horns facing downwards. A fillet, or headband, adorns its brow. Metapontum became wealthy through farming rather than trade. By illustrating the ear of grain on its coins, the city-state reminded its trading partners of its agricultural abundance.

Status

On View, Gallery 151

Department

Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium

Culture

Ancient Greek

Title

Diobol (Coin) Depicting an Ear of Grain

Origin

Metapontum

Date

500 BCE–473 BCE

Medium

Silver

Inscriptions

Obverse: MET

Dimensions

Diam. 1.3 cm; 1.13 g

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. William Nelson Pelouze

Reference Number

1923.1155

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