Nov 12, 2009

Electrotype Replica of Tetradrachm: Head of Athena (Obverse)

Electrotype Replica of Tetradrachm: Head of Athena (Obverse)

before 1916

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Silver-plated copper alloy (?)

Diameter: 3 cm (1 3/16 in.)

Weight: 12.053 g (0.43 oz.)

Die axis: 12

Gift of J. H. Wade 1916.977.a

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This silver-plated replica weighs about 12 grams, nearly 30% less than a pure silver tetradrachm.

Description

With a green tint betraying its copper content, this coin is an electrotype replica created more than a century ago. It precisely replicates the form of a 2nd-century BC original. Retaining the basic scheme of Athena and owl from earlier Athenian coinage, these “New Style” tetradrachms—as scholars call them—give the goddess a more naturalistic appearance and add an amphora, olive wreath, and magistrate names to the reverse.

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

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