Silver Tetradrachm of Gela

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Illustration

Salvatore Piccolo
by Gina Pardo
published on 19 December 2017

Equivalent to four drachmae, this coin is perhaps the most beautiful issued by the Gela mint, made by an unidentified engraver named as the "Master of Sosipolis" (440 BCE).
The characteristic of this tetradrachm is the presence of a female figure who crowns the anthropomorphic bull (which represents the namesake river god of the city).
The name "Sosipolis" is an epithet of a male deity or as a person's name. "Sosipolis" in Greek meant "saviour of the city". (Pencil drawing by Gina Pardo)

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Pardo, G. (2017, December 19). Silver Tetradrachm of Gela. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/image/7777/silver-tetradrachm-of-gela/

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Pardo, Gina. "Silver Tetradrachm of Gela." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified December 19, 2017. https://www.worldhistory.org/image/7777/silver-tetradrachm-of-gela/.

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