Sep 11 – 16, 2022
University of Warsaw
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A hoard of Athenian coins in the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities in Cairo

Sep 15, 2022, 12:00 PM
Auditorium Maximum - Adam Mickiewicz Hall

Auditorium Maximum - Adam Mickiewicz Hall


Samah Gohar (Center of Documentation of Egyptian Antiquities)


Egypt has long attracted numismatists with interest in Classical Greek coins because of the abundant finds of Athenian owls in our region. Recent research has challenged the mass production of imitation Athenian owls even though there is evidence to confirm their production. The remains of such findings remain scarce and mostly know but very old literature, mentioning large hoards found within the country.
This paper discusses an unpublished silver collection of 89 tetradrachms and a single drachm, definitely a part of a hoard, with the head of Athena on the obverse and the owl on the reverse, which can be classified to the Pi style group. These coins offer new data on the Athenian coinage in Egypt. Most of these coins bear also one or several punchmarks, and a hieroglyph, offering insights into their circulation both outside and within the country, with new coins undoubtedly found in the country.

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Samah Gohar (Center of Documentation of Egyptian Antiquities)

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