Drachm: Female Head (obverse); Eagle (reverse)

Drachm: Female Head (obverse); Eagle (reverse)

337–308 BC

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Silver

Diameter: 1.7 cm (11/16 in.)

Weight: 3.564 g (0.13 oz.)

Die axis: 1

Gift of J. H. Wade 1916.972

Location

Did you know?

On the reverse is Chalkis’s 3-letter abbreviation ΧΑΛ (CHAL).

Description

Minted after a period of Athenian domination, this coin from Chalkis features two traditional symbols of its home island Euboia: a female head and an eagle battling a snake. What distinguishes this issue from earlier types, however, are the smooth, rounded face and deep-set eyes of the woman on the obverse, who may represent the goddess Euboia herself.

See also
Collection: 
GR - Greek
Department: 
Greek and Roman Art
Type of artwork: 
Coins
Medium: 
Silver
Credit line: 
Gift of J. H. Wade

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