The obverse of this coin depicts a goat, kneeling right with its forelegs lowered and its head raised. The reverse is stamped with a quadripartite incuse square (four-part stamped square), which suggests that the coin is of late Archaic date.

This coin comes from a hoard discovered in Paros in 1936 or 1937. The Paros hoard included 100 to 200 drachmas stamped with goats, confirming this coin type as Parian. The fifth-century B.C. poet Simonides mentions this coin type in an epigram, citing a statue of Artemis that was purchased with "200 drachmas of Paros stamped with the image of a goat."


  • Title: Coin (drachm) of Paros (Front)
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: about 500 B.C.
  • Location Created: Paros, Greece
  • Physical Dimensions: 1.7 cm, 5.8 g (5/8 in., 0.0128 lb.)
  • Type: Coin
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Silver
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 2015.6
  • Culture: Greek
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Villa Collection, Malibu, California
  • Creator Display Name: Unknown
  • Classification: Coins (Money)

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