Ancient coins: heads and tales from antique lands
Classics and Archaeology Curator at the Potter, Dr Andrew Jamieson, says “the coins reveal fascinating insights into the history, culture and society of the time.”
“In the ancient world, coins were an ideal way of depicting myths, disseminating information, reinforcing a political message or for propaganda purposes.”
“Made of copper, bronze, silver and gold the ancient coins featured in this exhibition display unique aesthetic qualities, fine craftsmanship and intricate details on a small scale requiring close inspection.”
The exhibition features selected coins from the University of Melbourne’s extensive collection, and rare coins from several Melbourne private collections.
Many of the coins have never been publicly displayed, as their intricate details become lost in larger display cabinets. The Potter has installed specially designed fixtures, which allow visitors to experience the ancient coinage in a clear and accessible manner.
Dr Jamieson says, “This exhibition gives people the opportunity to reflect on fascinating and complex cultures and ideas through the coinage of the ancient world.”
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Akarnania, (Akarnanian Confederacy) c. 250–167 BCE, Thyrreion mint