Head of Hiero II

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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. 106 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. 13
collection_code
SCP
credit
date_end
date_start
date_text
3rd century BC (made)
descriptive_line
Coin, piece of thirty-two Litrae, silver, head of Hiero I / quadriga, Greek, 3rd century BC
dimensions
Diameter: 3.17 cm, Weight: 27.68 g
edition_number
event_text
exhibition_history
gallery
historical_context_note
historical_significance
history_note
From the Salting bequest.
id
289885
label
last_checked
2014-08-30T12:18:25.000Z
last_processed
2014-08-30T12:18:25.000Z
latitude
39.072449
location
In Storage
longitude
21.84556
marks
materials
Silver
materials_techniques
Silver
museum_number
A.646-1910
museum_number_token
a6461910
object_number
O349449
object_type
Coin (Litrae)
on_display
original_currency
original_price
physical_description
Obverse: Head of Hiero, diademed. Behind star. Reverse: Greek Inscription. Galloping quadriga to right, driven by winged Nike, naked to waist. Above horses, a star.
place
Greece
primary_image_id
production_note
production_type
public_access_description
This ancient Greek coin is a piece of thirty-two Litrae of Hiero II, King of Syracuse. The monetary unit of the Litrae was used in South Italy and Sicily. 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-hiero-ii-coin-litrae-unknown
sys_updated
2013-08-17T00:00:00.000Z
techniques
title
Head of Hiero II
updated
vanda_exhibition_history
year_end
-200
year_start
-300