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Tetradrachm

Athens
Artist: Unknown Greek Artist Primary
Date: ca. 500-401 BCE
5th century BCE
Dimensions: 0.91 in. (2.32 cm)
Dimensions Extent: width = diameter
Object Type: Coin
Creation Place: Europe, Greece, Attica
Medium and Support: Silver
Credit Line: On loan from the American Numismatic Society
Accession Number: L2016.12.04
On View: Bellarmine Hall Galleries

To learn more about this object, please see the American Numismatic Society's catalog entry here.




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Athens
Was an ancient metropolis of great importance; settled in Neolithic times. Acropolis was fortified by 1200 BCE; became great city-state, ruling and colonizing over a wide area. It was the center of culture influencing all of the Western world in philosophy, theater, and art. The name refers to the goddess Athena. In Homeric Greek the city's name was in the singular form (Ἀθήνη) then changed in the plural.
Classical
Refers to an ancient Greek style and period that begins around 480 BCE, when the Greek city-states defeated the Persian invaders, and ends around 323 BCE, with the death of Alexander the Great. It is characterized by the rebuilding of cities after the Persian wars, the flourishing of philosophy, drama, architecture, sculpture, painting, and the other arts. In the visual arts, it is known for the mastery of the human form and sophistication of architectural design.
numismatics
Study of coins, tokens, medals, paper money, and objects closely resembling them in form or purpose.
coins
Pieces of metal stamped by government authority for use as money.
public domain
Land owned and controlled by the state or federal government. Also, the status of publications, products, and processes that are not protected under patent or copyright.
Ancient Greek
Refers to the culture and styles of ancient Greece, generally excluding modern and prehistoric periods, but including periods between around 900 BCE to around 31 BCE. For the culture of Greece in general, including modern Greece, see "Greek."
mythology
Genre and tradition concerning the study of a culture's body of myths, belonging to a particular religious or cultural tradition in an authoritative and official fashion and through symbolic narrative, iconography, or characterization, usually through the forms and personalities of deities.
tetradrachms
Ancient Greek coins worth four drachmas, originally of pure silver but gradually debased over its lifetime from the mid-6th century BCE until about CE 300.

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