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Ancient Greek Silver Tetradrachm Artemis

Ancient Greek Silver Tetradrachm Artemis


Ancient Greek silver tetradrachm, Artemis, in 18Kt yellow gold frame with sterling silver necklace.

Dimensions: 1 1/2" Drop Including the bail, 1 1/4" Width, on a 17" Chain

Denomination:  Silver Tetradrachm  Date:  circa 100-150 BC  ID: 11790  Obverse: Macedonian shield, at center of which bust of Artemis Tauropolos right. Bow and quiver at her shoulder.  Reverse: ΜΑΚΕDΟΝΩΝ ΠPΩTH above and below club within oak-wreath, to left of the wreath-thunderbolt. The inscription ΜΑΚΕDΟΝΩΝ ΠPΩTHΣ means 'Macedonians First.' Certificate of Authenticity

Artemis  ruled Macedonia under Roman rule during 158-149 B.C. She came to power as a young youth and ruled through maturity. Artemis in Greek mythology was the daughter of Zeus and Leto, and the twin sister of Apollo. She was one of the most widely venerated of the gods and manifestly one of the oldest deities. In later times she was combined with the Roman goddess Diana. In Etruscan mythology, she took the form of Artume. Deer and cypress are sacred to her, and she is often portrayed with her silver bow and arrow. The temple of Artemis at Ephesus (located in the western part of Turkey), one of the Seven Wonders of the World, was probably the best known center of her worship. In some versions of the story of Adonis, Artemis sent a wild boar to kill the youth as punishment for the hubristic boast that he was a superior to the goddess in hunting.

SKU H-ID11790
Our price $2,795.00
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