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Coin of Delphi

Product Code: FX 004093
Silver Tridrachm Coin of Delphi

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25,00 €




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Handmade replica of the ancient silver tridrachm (three-drachma coin) of Delphi, which is among the most rare of all the Greek coins. It was minted around 480-475 B.C. and it features on the obverse type of the coin shows two rhyta (drinking vessels) in the form of ram’s heads and above them, two dolphins swimming toward each other. The inscription DALPHIKON (ΔAΛΦIKON) is also written in small letters below and the motifs are bordered by a dotted circle. The reverse of this coin is decorated with a quadripartite incuse square in the form of a coffered ceiling. Each coffer is decorated with a dolphin and is supposed to represent the ceiling of the temple of Apollo in Delphi. The coin replica is made of silver-plated brass. Ideal as a gift for the admirers of the ancient Greek world,but also for coin collectors and budding archaeologists.

The coin is offered in an acrylic case for protection and better presentation and gift packaging.

Diameter of the coin: 2,5 cm 

Dimensions of the case: 5 cm x 6 cm x 5 cm

Get now your own copy or offer it as a special gift.


The tridrachms (three-drachma) of Delphi, minted around 480-475 B.C., are among the most rare of all the Greek coins. The obverse type of the coin shows two rhyta (drinking vessels) in the form of ram’s heads and above them, two dolphins swimming toward each other. The inscription DALPHIKON (ΔAΛΦIKON) is also written in small letters below and the motifs are bordered by a dotted circle.

The ram’s heads are probably a reference to the Greek victory over the Persians at Plataea in 479 B.C, when a great deal of treasure, including silver vessels, was taken as booty by the Greeks. These two rhyta must have been brought as a dedication to Apollo at his temple in Delphi. The designs may also be related to the cult of Apollo. The ram’s head (carnus) was a symbol of Apollo Carnius, which was the god of flocks and herds and the dolphins were associated with the cult of Apollo Delphinius, who assumed the form of a dolphin.

The reverse of this coin is decorated with a quadripartite incuse square in the form of a coffered ceiling. Each coffer is decorated with a dolphin and is supposed to represent the ceiling of the temple of Apollo in Delphi. Ancient coins of Delphi are held at the British Museum in London.


Silver-plated Bronze, with acrylic case.
Gift packaging - Description Greek & English


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