Stater: Head of Nymph (Obverse); Nike (Reverse)

c. 420–400 BCE
Diameter: 2 cm (13/16 in.)
Weight: 7.646 g (0.27 oz.)
Location: not on view
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Nike sits on a cippus, a pillar used as a boundary stone or grave marker.


Coins from the South Italian colony of Terina are notable for their sophisticated reworkings of other cities’ designs. On the obverse of this tetradrachm is a female head with short, wavy hair, possibly modeled on the Syracusan nymph Arethousa. The reverse captures an intimate moment as Nike sits, tenderly holding a bird, much like young women in Athenian funerary sculptures.
Stater: Head of Nymph (Obverse); Nike (Reverse)

Stater: Head of Nymph (Obverse); Nike (Reverse)

c. 420–400 BCE

Greek, minted at Terina (South Italy)

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