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Classical Didrachm of Elea

ca. 380 BCE

3/4 x 15/16 x 1/8 in. (1.9 x 2.4 x 0.3 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: C.17
Geography: Europe, Italy, Lucania, Velia (Hyele, Ele or Elea)
Classification: Exchange Media; Coins
Culture/Nationality: Greek
Collection: Elisabeth Washburn King Collection

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  • Animalia - Kingdom containing multicellular organisms having cells bound by a plasma membrane and organized into tissue and specialized tissue systems that permit them to either move about in search of food or to draw food toward themselves. Unable to make their own food within themselves, as photosynthetic plants do, they rely on consuming preformed food. They possess a nervous system with sensory and motor nerves, enabling them to receive environmental stimuli and to respond with specialized movements.
  • Athena
  • Classical - Refers to an ancient Greek style and period that begins around 480 BCE, when the Greek city-states defeated the Persian invaders, and ends around 323 BCE, with the death of Alexander the Great. It is characterized by the rebuilding of cities after the Persian wars, the flourishing of philosophy, drama, architecture, sculpture, painting, and the other arts. In the visual arts, it is known for the mastery of the human form and sophistication of architectural design.
  • didrachms - Ancient Greek and Roman silver coins valued at two drachmas.
  • female - Referring to the sex that normally produces eggs or female germ cells.
  • helmets - Any of various forms of protective coverings for the head, usually made of a hard material, including the outside steel layer of helmets that consist of inner and outer parts.
  • 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.

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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:
  • Cornelius C. Vermeule, "Greek Coins in the Elizabeth Washburn King Collection at Bryn Mawr College." The Numismatic Chronicle and Journal of the Royal Numismatic Society Sixth Series 16 (1956): 22, Figure Number: Pl. IV.
  • Christie's, The Elizabeth Washburn King Collection of Ancient Greek Coins Christie's. London, England, 12/11/1992
    Page Number: 22, Figure Number: Lot. 671

Comparanda List
The following Comparanda exist for this object:
  • Reginald Stuart Poole, A Catalogue of the Greek Coins in the British Museum. Italy. (London: Woodfall & Kinder, 1873), 307, 308. Figure Number: Cat. No. 37, 42
  • "American Numismatic Society Online Collection." (Accessed July 29, 2022): American Numismatic Society, Accession No.: 1997.9.211.
  • Lodovico Brunetti, "Contributo alla cronologia della Zecca di Velia e Neapolis." Rivista Italiana di Numismatica Vol. III, s. V, No. LVII (1955): Italian Numismatic Society of Milan, Milan. 20.

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