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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
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.
The Basil Sellers Art Prize invites artists to tackle an Australian obsession—sport. It offers artists an opportunity to be part of a major exhibition and a chance to win the $100,000 acquisitive prize. The call for entries to the Basil Sellers Art Prize 4 is now open! Check the website: http://www.sellersartprize.com.au/call-for-entries