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Gulbenkian-medallion

 

One of eleven gold medallions (about 54mm diameter) that Gulbenkian bought in 1902.  Part of the twenty medallion treasure hoard discovered at Abu Qir in Egypt. Dating from the Roman period in Egypt, the medallions are not monetary coins and have Greek, not Latin, inscriptions.  This one (and most of the others) depicts the head of Alexander the Great.  The medallions are thought to have been intended to be given as prizes at varoius relgious festivals. Probably 3rd century AD.

 

Gulbenkian-medallion

 

One of eleven gold medallions (about 54mm diameter) that Gulbenkian bought in 1902.  Part of the twenty medallion treasure hoard discovered at Abu Qir in Egypt. Dating from the Roman period in Egypt, the medallions are not monetary coins and have Greek, not Latin, inscriptions.  This one (and most of the others) depicts the head of Alexander the Great.  The medallions are thought to have been intended to be given as prizes at varoius relgious festivals. Probably 3rd century AD.

 

comments (12)

Your own lucky penny! smile
It's a beautiful thing!
Tom Wilson: It is indeed, Elizabeth.
  • Martine
  • France
  • 14 Dec 2016, 05:05
Superbe pièce !
Tom Wilson: Beautiful, isn't it!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 14 Dec 2016, 06:33
Fascinating Ton. I wonder if once it was actually won by someone?
Tom Wilson: Probably not for wearing, Chris, but perhaps for displaying on one's shelf of precious objects.
That's downright ancient, Tom. Do we make anything like this nowadays?????
Tom Wilson: Medallions are still made for various reasons - sometimes to celebrate events, and of course, the medals handed out at the Olympic Games are actually medallions, rather than medals (a term we generally use for military medals). Even I have a few for successfully completing a number of half-marathons smile
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 14 Dec 2016, 07:41
I wouldn't mind having a couple of them clinking in my pocket as I stroll about, Tom.
Tom Wilson: That wouldn't be good for preservation, Ray - and you'd be liable to lose them!
It is in wonderful condition Tom
Tom Wilson: As I said in an earlier post, CG only wanted the best of anything - and imagine being able to pick up 11 of these, while various museums could only mange one or two smile
Such incredible craftsmanship Tom.
Tom Wilson: Fine work, isn't it?
This collector has it all doesn't he?
Tom Wilson: He certainly knew what he like, Mary smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 14 Dec 2016, 12:42
I would gladly participate in the competition grin
Tom Wilson: You might even win - if you manage the time travel bit smile
Isn't it good to see such things still surviving after all those years.
Tom Wilson: It is indeed, Brian.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 14 Dec 2016, 17:09
That is a stunning piece - how excited the collector must have been to have scooped eleven of them!
Tom Wilson: He certainly knew what he wanted and how to get it!
Hi Tom. Which magnificent profile. Nice rendering of gold
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Marie!

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