Emergency Stater Of Athens
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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1.1965.1624
Title
Emergency stater of Athens
Classification
Coins
Work Type
coin
Date
406 BCE
Places
Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Europe, Athens (Attica)
Period
Classical period, High
Culture
Greek
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Gold
Metal
AV
Technique
Struck
Dimensions
8.58 g
Die Axis
9
Denomination
stater
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Reverse Inscription: ATHE
Provenance
Found in Greece prior to 1941-45 according to Dewing's notes. Acquired in New York in 1946.
Published by E.S.G. Robinson, "Some Problesm in the Later FIfth Century Coinage of Athens", ANSMN 9 (1960), pp.1-15, pl, 1, 10 (this coin).
State, Edition, Standard Reference Number
Standard Reference Number
Robinson, MN 9 (1960), p.9 n.16, pl.I 10
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Loan from the Trustees of the Arthur Stone Dewing Greek Numismatic Foundation
Object Number
1.1965.1624
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
Descriptions
Description
Obverse: Helmeted head of Athena r., helmet adorned with olive leaves (frontal eye developing some profile characteristics)
Reverse: Owl standing r. holding olive sprig in talons; to l., olive sprig.
Commentary
This is one of only four gold staters known from the emergency coinage issued in 406 BC by Athens at then end of the Peloponnesian War. After the disastrous Sicilian expedition in 413 BC and the Spartan capture of Deceleia in Attica, the silver mines of Laurion were no longer accessible and Athens resorted to striking gold and based silver. See E.S.G. Robinson, "Some problems in the Later Fifth Century Coinage of Athens", ANS MN 9 (1960), pp.1-15.
One of the staters is in London, another in Oxford and the third ex Jameson 2495 and Gulbenkian was sold in Leu 86, 5-6 May 2003, lot 380
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Verification Level

3 - Good. Object is well described and information is vetted