Striking Images: Hellenistic Portraits in the Nickle Coin Collection

February 27, 2014 - August 7, 2018

Portraits on modern coins are so standard that we rarely give them a second glance. While these images have their roots in the ancient world, it was only during the Hellenistic Period (ca. 323-32 BC) the tradition of coin portraits fully developed. Striking Images: Hellenistic Portraits in the Nickle Numismatics Collection, explores how, from this period, portraits on coins developed and helped consolidate political power.

The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue and was held in association with the 2014 Nickle Numismatic Lecture featuring Dr. François de Callataÿ.