Sep 11 – 16, 2022
University of Warsaw
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The Story of the Athena Alkidemos Coin Type. Greek Goddess on the Road to Bohemia

Sep 13, 2022, 9:00 AM
Auditorium Maximum - Hall B

Auditorium Maximum - Hall B


Tomáš Smělý (ABALON s.r.o)


Gold coinage in the Amber Road corridor, which is the area between southern Silesia and the Austrian Danube valley, is represented by the Athena Alkidemos type from the half of 3rd to the half of 2nd century BC. The vigorous development of lowland settlement centres marked by a high level of commodity production and trade indicates an above‐standard position of this region within Central Europe. The extensive coin production in the Amber Road corridor was a strong impulse for the development of coinage in Bohemia. A characteristic manifestation of this influence is the adoption by Celtic elites in Bohemia of the depiction of Athena’s head and the standing figure of Athena Alkidemos on their own coinage. The next development is the intensive development in the Stradonice oppidum in Bohemia of coinage of gold mussel types derived from the latest iconographically deteriorated Bohemian variants of the Athena Alkidemos type series.

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Tomáš Smělý (ABALON s.r.o)

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