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Woman playing knucklebones in the coinage

Silver coin (trihemibol) of Kierion, Thessaly

Numismatic Museum, Athens. Former Collection of Gregorios Empedokles
1st half of 4th century BC

Dimensions: Diameter 14mm
Exhibition place (from April 15-Nonember 27, 2011):
Hall of Temporary Exhibitions of the National Archaeological Museum-Temporary Exhibition "Myth and Coin: The Illustration of the Myth on Coins",
Room 44, Case "Nymphs", inv. no. 11

The nymph Arne, daughter or wife of the sea god Poseidon, is represented on the obverse of silver and bronze coins of Kierion. This graceful snapshot from life is unique in coinage. The Thessalian city Kierion was called Arne in earlier times and was the first capital of Boeotians, before they left Thessaly for their familiar location in the plain of Kopais. The coinage of the city ceased, once the Macedonian king Philip I took control of the area.

┬ibliography: Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, II.1 (1984) Ű. Arne 613-614 (C. Arnold-Biucchi). D. Tsaggari (ed.), Myth and Coinage. Representations, symbolisms and interpretationsfrom the Greel mythology, (Athens 2011) 154 ß˝. 332.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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