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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.