This image is available for download, without charge, under the Getty's Open Content Program.
Open Content images tend to be large in file-size. To avoid potential data charges from your carrier, we recommend making sure your device is connected to a Wi-Fi network before downloading.
Not currently on view
Akragas (Agrigentum), Sicily, Italy (Place Created)
about 510–420 B.C.
2.5 cm (1 in.)
Gift of Chester B. Franz
A standing eagle on the front and a crab on the back decorate this four-drachma coin, a tetradrachm. This decoration was typical of the coinage of the city of Akragas for nearly a century, from about 510 to 420 B.C. Colonists from the Greek city of Gela founded Akragas on the south coast of Sicily about 580 B.C. About seventy years later, Akragas, like many other Greek cities, began to issue coins bearing the city's symbols, often animals.
In mythology the eagle symbolizes the Greek god
Chester B. Franz (Bayview, Missouri), donated to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1980.
Devices of Wonder: From the World in a Box to Images on a Screen (November 13, 2001 to February 3, 2002)
- The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), November 13, 2001 to February 3, 2002
Spivey, Nigel and Squire, Michael. Panorama of the Classical World (Los Angeles: Getty Publications, 2004), p. 225, fig. 359.