Half Drachm

Half Drachm

550-421 BC

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Silver

Diameter: 1.4 cm (9/16 in.)

Weight: 3.11 g (0.11 oz.)

Die axis: 6

Gift of J. H. Wade 1916.983

Location

Did you know?

The punches in Artemis’s neck were probably made to check the metal quality.

Description

The head of a bull, its characteristic star-like fur and bulbous eyes particularly noticeable, dominates the obverse of this coin. On the reverse is Artemis, whose hair is curled back in the krobylos style using a hairnet. The unusual lines above Artemis’s nose and below her chin suggest that the reverse may have been struck with the same design twice.

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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