ATHENS – Karyatids

Caryatids (or Karyatids) are female figures used as architectural supports in place of columns — a feature associated with Ionic architecture. The Roman architect Vitruvius wrote that Caryatids were supposed to represent the women of the southern Greek town of Caryae which supported the invading Persian force in 480 BC. After the Persian Wars, the other Greek states forced them to carry objects.One of the Caryatids of the Erechtheion was removed by Lord Elgin in order to decorate his Scottish mansion, and was later sold to the British Museum. Athenian legend had it that at night the remaining five Caryatids could be heard wailing for their lost sister. Nowadays the five original Caryatids are displayed in helium-filled glass cases in the Acropolis Museum and are replaced in situ by exact replicas.

Release Dates

2009, 2010, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

Features

  • Coin Alloy Name: brass
  • Coin Alloy Color: gold
  • Coin Diameter: 31
  • Coin Thickness: 2,25
  • Coin Edge: serrated, fine with script
  • City: ATHENS
  • Country: Greece
  • Available: yes
  • Location: ATHENS, Greece