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Faces of Power
Roman Gold Coins from the Victor Adda Collection

June 22, 2017-

Location: Temporary Exhibition Gallery, Samuel and Saidye Bronfman, Archaeology Wing

Curator: Haim Gitler and Yaniv Schauer

An astounding collection of 75 gold coins never before displayed to the public, bearing the portraits of Roman Emperors and their wives. These coins offer a rare glimpse into the world of the rulers of the Roman Empire, as well as revealing the great artistic skill to reflect a person's character, mostly as means of portraits on coinage over a period of 350 years, from the establishment of the Empire to its acceptance of Christianity as its official religion. The slogans on the coins - the majority of which include words relating to victory, security, and peace - display how little propaganda has changes over thousands of years.