Hellenistic Tetradrachm of Locri Issued by King PyrrhusHellenistic
295 BCE - 272 BCE
1 1/8 x 1 1/16 x 5/32 in. (2.9 x 2.7 x 0.4 cm)
Bryn Mawr College
This object has the following keywords:
- Gods and Goddesses - Added June 2010 by M. Weldon
- 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.
- scepters - Staffs or batons borne by sovereigns as ceremonial emblems of authority.
- 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.
- A Treasury of Knowledge: An Exhibition of the Bryn Mawr Collection of Ancient Coins , Sep 1, 2005 – Dec 1, 2005
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): 33, Figure Number: Pl. IX.
The Elizabeth Washburn King Collection of Ancient Greek Coins
London, England, 12/11/1992
Page Number: 48, Figure Number: Lot. 689
Sammlung Consul Eduard Friedrich Weber, Hamburg: griechische Münzen.
Page Number: 102, Figure Number: Lot. 1446; Taf. XIX
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