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Hellenistic Copper of Cyrenaica

Ptolemaic
3rd century BCE-2nd century BCE
Copper

11/16 in. (1.7 cm) (diameter)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: C.1401
Geography: Africa, Libya, Cyrenaica
Classification: Exchange Media; Coins
Collection: C. Densmore Curtis Collection

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  • coins - Pieces of metal stamped by government authority for use as money.
  • copper - Pure metallic element having the symbol Cu and atomic number 29; a reddish brown, ductile metal that is present in the earth's crust, occurring as a native metal and as ores of sulfide, sulfate and carbonate (azurite, malachite, etc.). It was the first metal used by humans, probably from about 8000 BCE, in the regions of Mesopotamia and India. By about 3800 BCE copper was made into bronze for weapons and knives. Today, copper is one of the most widely used metals because it has high electrical and thermal conductivity, can be easily fabricated, is ductile and polishes well. In moist air, copper forms a protective green film of basic carbonate. Metallic copper combines well with other metals to form alloys, most commonly brass and bronze. Copper and its alloys are used for wire, electrical devices, pipes, cooking vessels, ammunition, ornamental trim, roofing, grillwork, coins, musical instruments, jewelry, and sculptures.
  • 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.

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  • Owner Name: Clarissa Compton Dryden, Class of 1932, MA 1935
    Role: Donor
    Place: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, USA
    Acquisition Method: Inherited
    Disposal Method: Donation
    Ownership Start Date: 1925
    Ownership End Date: 1983
    Remarks: A relative of archaeologist, Charles Densmore Curtis (1875-1925), Dryden presented the Ella Riegel Museum with items she inherited from his collection of Greek, Roman, and Etruscan artifacts throughout the 1950s-1980s


  • Owner Name: Charles Densmore Curtis (1875-1925)
    Role: Collector
    Disposal Method: Bequest
    Ownership Start Date: LIkely ca. 1900 or later
    Ownership End Date: 1925


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