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Hellenistic Tetradrachm of Salamis Issued by Demetrius Poliorcetes

294 BCE - 288 BCE

1 1/8 x 1 1/8 x 3/16 in. (2.9 x 2.9 x 0.5 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: C.75
Geography: Asia, Cyprus (Salamis)
Classification: Exchange Media; Coins
Culture/Nationality: Hellenistic
Collection: Elisabeth Washburn King Collection

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This object has the following keywords:
  • bows - The fronts or forwardmost ends of watercraft or airships.
  • Hellenistic - Refers to the ancient Greek period, culture, and art of ancient Greece that lasted from about 330 BCE to 31 BCE, when Augustus defeated Cleopatra and Mark Antony. It is characterized by an international culture that was ushered in by Alexander the Great's conquest of India, Egypt, and the Near East. In architecture and art, the style is marked by greater sophistication, complexity, and diversity than was known in earlier Greek styles. Architecture diverges from strict rules of earlier periods. Sculptors emphasized more realistic figures in a greater variety of poses than in earlier Greek art.
  • Poseidon
  • silver - Pure metallic element having symbol Ag and atomic number 47; a malleable, ductile, white metal with characteristic sheen, considered a precious metal. Silver is widely distributed throughout the world, occurring rarely as metallic silver (in Peru, Norway) but more often as silver-gold alloys and silver ore. Today silver is obtained as a byproduct in the refinement of gold, lead, copper, or zinc ores. Silver was smelted from the ore galena as early as 3800 BCE. As a pure metal, silver is second to gold in malleability and ductility, can be polished to a highly reflective surface, and used -- typically in an alloy -- in jewelry, coinage, photography, mirrors, electrical contacts, and tableware.
  • tetradrachms - Ancient Greek coins worth four drachmas, originally of pure silver but gradually debased over its lifetime from the mid-6th century BCE until about CE 300.
  • trumpets - Generally, all lip-vibrated aerophones of predominantly cylindrical bore. May also refer specifically for the modern Western band, concert, and orchestral trumpets, having a wide mouthpiece, a narrow bore, valves, and a medium-sized bell throat and bell flare.

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Exhibition List
This object was included in the following exhibitions:
  • A Treasury of Knowledge: An Exhibition of the Bryn Mawr Collection of Ancient Coins Sarah E. Hafner , Sep 1, 2005 – Dec 1, 2005

Bibliography List
The following Bibliography exist for this object:
  • Nava Streiter, "Freeze Frame." Mirabile Dictu: The Bryn Mawr College Library Newsletter Issue 24 (Fall 2021): Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. 7.
  • Brunilde Sismondo Ridgway, PhD, Hellenistic Sculpture 1 University of Wisconsin Press. Madison, WI, 1990
    Figure Number: Pl. 101a-b
  • Christie's, The Elizabeth Washburn King Collection of Ancient Greek Coins Christie's. London, England, 12/11/1992
    Page Number: 43, Figure Number: Lot. 675
  • Edward Theodore Newell, The Coinage of Demetrius Poliocretes Oxford University Press. London, 1927
    Page Number: 27, Figure Number: Cat. No. 23; Pl. II, No. 19

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