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CLEOPATRA'S HAIRSTYLES

The E-Sylum (2/12/2017)


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An exchange begun on CoinTalk Thursday February 9, 2017 focuses on the hairstyle of Cleopatra on ancient coins, mirroring our own recent discussion. Here are some excerpts. Included was a link to a 2012 YouTube video about Cleopatra's coin hairstyle by Hairdressing Archaeologist Janet Stephens. -Editor

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EGYPT, Ptolemaic dynasty. Cleopatra VII Thea Neotera coin

EGYPT, Ptolemaic dynasty. Cleopatra VII Thea Neotera 51-30 BCE AE 40 drachmae; 20 mm, 7.5 gm Obv: Diademed and draped bust right Rev: KΛEOΠATPAΣ BΑΣΙΛΙΣΣHΣ, Diademed and draped bust right / Eagle standing left on thunderbolt; double cornucopiae to left, M (mark of value) to right Ref: Svoronos 1872; Weiser 184-5; SNG Copenhagen 422-4

Cleopatra coin
Cleopatra and Tony

To read the CoinTalk thread, see:
Cleo and her hairdo! (www.cointalk.com/threads/cleo-and-her-hairdo.290947/)

To watch the YouTube video, see:
cleopatra's coin hairstyle (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Trp9S5AlmeQ)

For reference, here are the person/coin pairings we've seen to date. Thanks to the Grosvenor Museum curators for starting the our conversation with their recent exhibit.

See the next article for more on Hairdressing Archaeologist Janet Stephens, who was in turn inspired by an exhibit of portrait busts at the Walters Art Museum in 2001. -Editor

Aethelred ii - Long Cross type Penny coin hairstyle

1847 Victoria Gothic Crown Jenna Coleman as Queen Victoria closeup

To read the earlier E-Sylum articles, see:
MORE ON HAIRSTYLES FROM COINS AND MEDALS (www.coinbooks.org/v20/esylum_v20n06a29.html)

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