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Ancient Art Council

Ancient Art Department

Ancient Art Council
Legion of Honor

100 34th Avenue, Lincoln Park
San Francisco, CA 94121


When the ancient Greeks invented coinage, they unleashed a number of unintended economic and social consequences. Specifically, coinage resulted in the mass production and dissemination of images on a scale that would have made Andy Warhol envious. Let us explore what these images inadvertently reveal about the aesthetic and erotic landscape of the people who first held coins in their hands. What was considered beautiful? What was considered meaningful to the citizenry at large? Coins are bound to tell us.

About Programs at the Ancient Art Council

Programs are varied and include such activities as lectures by noted archaeologists, museum curators, and ancient art historians; exclusive tours of the Museum’s permanent collection and special exhibitions; fund-raising events; and travel programs to ancient sites and other museums. Members also receive invitations from related organizations to attend lectures ad exhibition openings. Your annual membership dues and contributions will assist in furthering the Ancient Art collection at the Fine Arts Museums.


February 24, 2024 at 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Beautiful, Valuable, Meaningful, and Intimate: The Experience of Ancient Greek Coinage

Gunn Theater | Legion of Honor + Live Stream


Presented by Dr. Isabelle Pafford Lecturer, Department of Art History and Visual Culture, San Jose State University


Lecture is free and open to the public. It is also a hybrid program.

IN PERSON: Gunn Theater, 100 - 34th Avenue, Lincoln Park, San Francisco, CA 94121. Seating is limited and unassigned. Doors open at 1:30 pm.

LIVE STREAM: Please register here to receive a webinar link.

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