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Tetradrachm (Coin) Depicting the Goddess Tyche

A work made of silver.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of silver.

Date:

80-79 BCE

Artist:

Greek; Arados, Phoenicia (now Syria)

About this artwork

The front (obverse) of this coin depicts the goddess Tyche wearing a turreted crown. On the back (reverse), the goddess Nike stands facing left while holding a palm branch.

In antiquity, the goddess Tyche symbolized cities. Her identifying feature is a crown shaped like the walls of a city. Some cities chose Tyche as their emblem, but often they also selected another divinity as their particular patron and protector.

Status

On View, Gallery 151

Department

Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium

Culture

Ancient Greek

Title

Tetradrachm (Coin) Depicting the Goddess Tyche

Origin

Aradus

Date

80 BCE–79 BCE

Medium

Silver

Inscriptions

Reverse: ΑΡΑΔΙΩΝ

Dimensions

Diam. 2.8 cm; 13.49 g

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. William Nelson Pelouze

Reference Number

1923.1159

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