Head of Cleopatra and Antiochus VII

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Acquired in 1910 (the spelunker thinks)

artist
Unknown
attributions_note
bibliography
'Salting Bequest (A. 70 to A. 1029-1910) / Murray Bequest (A. 1030 to A. 1096-1910)'. In: List of Works of Art Acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum (Department of Architecture and Sculpture). London: Printed under the Authority of his Majesty's Stationery Office, by Eyre and Spottiswoode, Limited, East Harding Street, EC, p. 109 Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, Vol 1, Part 1, 'the Collection of Capt. E. G. Spencer-Churchill, M.C., of Northwick Park' and 'The Salting Collection in the Victoria and Albert Museum', London, published for the British Academy by Humphrey Milford, Oxford University Press, London and Spink and Son, London, S.N.G. 44
collection_code
SCP
credit
date_end
date_start
date_text
123 BC (dated)
descriptive_line
Coin, tetradrachm of Antiochus VIII, silver, head of Antiochus VIII / Zeus, Greek, 2nd cent BC
dimensions
Diameter: 2.92 cm, Weight: 16.63 g
edition_number
event_text
exhibition_history
gallery
historical_context_note
historical_significance
history_note
From the Salting bequest.
id
258572
label
last_checked
2014-08-30T10:53:11.000Z
last_processed
2014-08-30T10:53:11.000Z
latitude
39.072449
location
In Storage
longitude
21.84556
marks
materials
Silver
materials_techniques
Silver
museum_number
A.661-1910
museum_number_token
a6611910
object_number
O310897
object_type
Coin (tetradrachm)
on_display
original_currency
original_price
physical_description
Obverse: Head of Cleopatra and of Antiochus VIII. Antiochus diademed, while Cleopatra wears diadem, stephane, veil and necklace. Reverse: Greek Inscription. Zeus, naked to waist, seated on throne with back, holding in right Nike and leaning with his left on sceptre.
place
Greece
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production_note
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public_access_description
This ancient Greek coin is a tetradrachm of Antiochus VIII, Grypus, who was King of Syria from (d. 97BC). A drachm is the basic monetary unit in ancient Greece (and still today), originating from the word 'dragma', which means 'handful'. A drachm is a medium sized coin, weighing around 4 grams and with a diameter of about 1.6 to 1.9 cm. A Tetradrachme (four-drachm) is a large silver coin, which weighs around 17 grams and has a diameter of a bout 2.4 to 3 cm. Greek coins were made by a crude form of striking, the rough blank of metal being placed between two dies engraved with the required image and the whole assemblage being hit with a hammer, thus obverse and reverse were impressed simultaneously, sometimes with uneven results. The coins bequeathed to the V&A by George Salting include examples of silver coins from Syracuse of the 4th century BC, a set of gold imperial coins of Rome, and some fine specimens of bronze denarii of the Roman Empire.
related_museum_numbers
rights
3
shape
site_code
slug
head-of-cleopatra-and-antiochus-coin-tetradrachm-unknown
sys_updated
2013-08-17T00:00:00.000Z
techniques
title
Head of Cleopatra and Antiochus VII
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vanda_exhibition_history
year_end
-123
year_start
-123