Tetradrachm

Tetradrachm

466-413 BC

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Silver

Diameter: 2.4 cm (15/16 in.)

Weight: 17.625 g (0.62 oz.)

Die axis: 6

Gift of J. H. Wade 1916.980

Location

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Arethousa’s banded hairstyle provides remarkable contemporaneous evidence of ancient Greek women’s fashions.

Description

The rightmost horse of a chariot team dominates the obverse of this coin, while the other three are suggested only by contours. On the reverse, four dolphins should surround Arethousa, but poor positioning during the striking process has left off one and most of another. The lumps around the horses’ front legs suggest a die defect.

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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