François 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.
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.
Nike, Goddess of Victory
Cyzicus. Ca. 500-460 BCE. Stater (15.98g).
Phocaic standard. Winged Nike running
left, looking back, holding tuna by tail
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
Wayne Homren, Editor
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