Classic Greece. Robert Ready British Museum electrotype. Carthage. The Carthaginians in Syria. Circa 320-300. Silver tetradrachm copy. 24 mm. (Actual coin weighs 17.17 gm). A female head left wearing a Phrygian-form tiara (Dido?) / A lion advancing left, a palm tree behind; Punic legend below. Head plate 26, 41.
All electrotypes offered here are in two separate halves.
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Robert Ready British Museum Electrotypes
In the late 1850’s the British Museum hired the seal-maker, Robert Ready, to produce copies of some of the finest coins in the British Museum collection. With an electrotyping technique they had perfected Ready and his sons produced exact replicas of the actual museum coins. They were produced in two parts, an obverse and a reverse. We acquired a select group of some of the most beautiful and important pieces they produced. All of these were direct copper casts of the actual coins and all have been gilt to illustrate the color of the actual coin, silver or gold. (Numbering based on Barclay Head’s 1889 work A Guide to the Principal Gold and Silver Coins of the Ancients. Published by the British Museum. Modified and republished in 1932; subsequently modified slightly and republished in 1959.)
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