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Coin - Ae21, Athens, Attica, 117-161 AD Numismatics Reg. No: NU 2163

Summary:
A copper coin issued by the city of Athens in Attica in the period 117-161 AD
Under Roman rule
Mint: Athens

Reference: BMC Attica p.100 no.719
Die axis: 07
Statement Of Significance:
Agones were public festivals where sporting events for prizes were held. Agonistic tables, as represented on this coin, depicted the prizes or referred to the Games.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 23 mm (Width)
Weight: 5.868 g (Weight)

More information

Themes this item is part of: Eugene von Guerard, Artist (1811-1901), Eugene von Guerard Collection, Numismatics & Philately Collection
Primary Classification: COINS
Secondary Classification: Ancient Greek States - Attica
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
DateEra: 117-161 AD
Obverse Description: Head of Athena wearing crested helmet facing right
Reverse Description: Agonistic table on which the head of Athena, beneath table an amphora. Around in Greek, {ATHE NAION}
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: round
Material: Bronze
Issued By: Athens, Attica, Ancient Greek States, 117-161 AD

Bronze struck in the Imperial era, BMC associates this series with the reigns of Hadrian and Antoninus Pius.
Deity Depicted: Athena (Goddess) - Olympian Gods
Previous Collection: Eugene von Guerard, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, pre 1880

Listed in Eugene von Guerard's catalogue, vol.1, p.19. Part of a group acquired by Eugene von Guerard from von Haast of New Zealand. This coin was found in the NGV safe during McArthur Bequest incorporation, about 1904.
References: BMC. Attica p.100 no.719
Bibliography:
  1. [Book], Barclay Head, Catalogue of the Greek Coins in the British Museum, Attica, Megaris, Aegina, British Museum, London, 1888, 100 Pages
  2. [Catalogue] Pullin, Ruth. 2011. Nature Revealed: Eugene von Guerard.

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