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The E-Sylum: Volume 15, Number 29, July 8, 2012, Article 13

EXHIBIT: WHITE GOLD: REVEALING THE WORLD'S EARLIEST COINS

Fran├žois R. Velde writes:

The Israel Museum in Jerusalem just opened an exhibit on electrum coinage, the world's first coins. It displays two stunning private collections in a small but exquisitely designed space. The exhibit runs until March 2013; for those who cannot attend, the website presents spectacular photographs.

White Gold exhibit

Thanks. It does have some extraordinary high-relief photographs. Below is the description of one of the coins. Be sure to visit the site for more. -Editor

Coin Nike Goddess of Victory Nike, Goddess of Victory

Cyzicus. Ca. 500-460 BCE. Stater (15.98g). Phocaic standard. Winged Nike running left, looking back, holding tuna by tail before her.

Nike, the personification of Victory, was usually depicted in Greek art as a winged female. She represented victory in all of its forms, in athletic, equestrian, and musicopoetic competitions, as well as military victory on the battlefield. Nike was often associated with Zeus and Athena, because victory was an attribute of both of these deities and a gift they could confer on the mortals they favored.

To visit the online exhibit, see: White Gold: Revealing the World's Earliest Coins (www.imj.org.il/exhibitions/2012/WhiteGold/index.html)

Wayne Homren, Editor

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