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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.
Grounded—visitors to the Potter will need to be in peak condition as you will need to be able to climb the stairs to enjoy the museum’s current offerings on level 1 and 2. The Potter’s lift is currently out of order and advice is that it will take a few days to repair. Although not confirmed we hope to have it back in working order on Monday 20 May. Please plan your visit accordingly. We apologize for the inconvenience.