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Ancient Greece, gold 'Olympic' medal, probably AD 242: CM.LK.4210-R

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Current Location: Gallery 21


Ancient Greece, gold 'Olympic' medal, probably AD 242


Maker: Unknown




This medallion was bought by Colonel Leake during the Napoleonic Wars (1799-1815) at Serres in northern Greece. He had been sent there to help the Turkish government organise the defence of Greece in case the French invaded. The style and subject of the medallion - the head of Athena and Alexander the Great on horseback hunting a lion - recall early Greek designs. But this example was probably struck in AD 242, to mark the 'Olympic' games celebrated in that year in Macedonia, in honour of Alexander the Great.

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1864) by Leake, William Martin


Production date: circa AD 0242

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Object composed of gold Diameter 36 mm Die Axis 0 degrees Weight 21.43 g

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Accession number: CM.LK.4210-R
Primary reference Number: 226382
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Created: Monday 28 January 2019 Updated: Thursday 10 December 2020 Last processed: Tuesday 13 June 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Coins and Medals

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