My Museum Favourite: a Syracusan coin

George Watson explains why a replica of a Syracusan coin is his Museum Favourite from the Cast Gallery.

One of the less well known of the cast gallery’s holdings is a collection of electrotypes* of Greek coins. Amongst this pretty little set, my favourites have to be the decadrachms of Syracuse: large silver coins of about 35mm diameter struck in the Sicilian city in the late 5th century BC. I don’t normally find coins all that pretty (despite being a numismatist!), but these are real miniature masterpieces.

decadrachm

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