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