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Electrotype Replica of Tetradrachm: Head of Athena (obverse); Owl (reverse)

Electrotype Replica of Tetradrachm: Head of Athena (obverse); Owl (reverse)

1838–1916
Diameter: 3 cm (1 3/16 in.)
Location: not on view

Did You Know?

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.
  • Stories From Storage. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (February 7-May 16, 2021).
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https://www.clevelandart.org/art/1916.977