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Coin (stater) - Stater of Cyrene

Stater of Cyrene

  • Object:

    Coin (stater)

  • Place of origin:

    Greece (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 431-321 BC (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (production)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This coin is a stater of Cyrene. A stater is an ancient coin, which was used in some regions of Greece. Cyrene was an ancient Greek colony situated in todays Libya.

Physical description

Obverse: KYPANAION. Above Quadriga advancing, driven by a winged Nike who holds goad and reins; plain border. Reverse: Greek Inscritpion. Behind Zeus Ammon, laur, and wearing himation, which leaves chest and right shoulder bare. In front thymiaterion.

Place of Origin

Greece (made)


ca. 431-321 BC (made)


Unknown (production)

Materials and Techniques



Diameter: 1.9 cm, Weight: 8.62 g

Object history note

From the Salting bequest.

Descriptive line

Coin, gold, Stater of Cyrene, quadriga with Nike & Zeus Ammon, Greek, 5th century BC

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

'Salting Bequest (A. 70 to A. 1029-1910) / Murray Bequest (A. 1030 to A. 1096-1910)'. In: List of Works of Art Acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum (Department of Architecture and Sculpture). London: Printed under the Authority of his Majesty's Stationery Office, by Eyre and Spottiswoode, Limited, East Harding Street, EC, p. 101
Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, Vol 1, Part 1, 'the Collection of Capt. E. G. Spencer-Churchill, M.C., of Northwick Park' and 'The Salting Collection in the Victoria and Albert Museum', London, published for the British Academy by Humphrey Milford, Oxford University Press, London and Spink and Son, London, S.N.G. 29



Subjects depicted

Zeus; Nike; Quadriga


Coins & Medals; Myths & Legends; Sculpture

Collection code


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