Art of Coins and their Photography Handout

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Greek Coins 70D The artistic achievements of the ancient Greek world arc generally divided into seven chronological classifications: 700-480BC PERIOD OF ARCHAIC ART This period saw the beginning of the coin maker's art, during which time techniques in both the fabric and design were nurtured, The style was generally angular and crude, but with a certain archaic sensitivity peculiar to its age 480-415 BC PERIOD OF TRANSITIONAL ART This was a time of significant advance in die engraving and minting techniques, The result was refinement of detail in remarkably accurate portrayal of the human anatomy dis- playing greater freedom of movement. Both type and symbol were masterfully placed within the confines of the planchet, The incuse square design was refined to contain devices, or, namen tal quartering and inscriptions, This period produced some of the most intricate and delicately engraved coins ever struck The engraving was executed with assured confidence; in high relief and with a strong sense of design, bold experi- mentation and attention to detail fI,".'" ela+ltS,j 4l5-336BC PERIOD OF FINEST ART ,~,,,,-=,=,,, This was the pinnacle of the master die engraver's art
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