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Decadrachm Coin from Syracuse, 400 BCE [Object of the day #1]

Coin

By: Amy Ellsworth

This Syrakosion (meaning “of the Syracusans”) coin from around 400 BCE is a decadrachm—a silver coin equal to ten drachmas. It depicts the head of the goddess Arethusa surrounded by four dolphins on one side. Greek coins often display a god on the obverse. Later, in the Hellenistic and Roman period the portrait of a […]

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