• Standard histaemon, Head of Christ, 1042–55, gold, 2.6 x 2.7 x 0.10 cm. The University of Melbourne Art Collection. Gift of David and Marion Adams, 2009. Photo: Viki Petherbridge

    Photo: Viki Petherbridge

  • Ancient coins: heads and tales from unique lands

    23 Oct 2010 to 31 Mar 2011
    Curator: Andrew Jamieson

    The University of Melbourne has one of the largest collections of ancient Greek and Roman coins in Australia. In antiquity, coins were an ideal way of disseminating information about an event. They conveyed a political message, and were also used for propaganda purposes.

    This display features a selection of coins from the empires of the Greco-Roman world, which reveal insights into the histories and societies of their time.



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This Wednesday MUSEUM LAB: Floor talk with Dr Vincent Alessi, Ruth Beilin & Julie McLeod on [re]constructing identity: the psychology of place that shaped 21st century Victorian cultural identity.

The Ian Potter Museum of Art
The University of Melbourne

  • Swanston Street
  • University of Melbourne
  • Parkville VIC 3010