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Ancient Coin Collecting 101
Ancient Glass
Anonymous Follis
Anonymous Class A Folles
Armenian Numismatics Page
Coins of Pontius Pilate
Dictionary of Roman Coins
Doug Smith's Ancient Coins
Greek Alphabet
Greek Dates
Greek Mythology Link
Helvetica's ID Help Page
Historia Numorum
Latin Plurals
Latin Pronunciation
Library of Ancient Coinage
Life in Ancient Rome
Maps of the Ancient World
Mint Marks
Nabataean Numerals
Not in RIC
Numismatic Bulgarian
Numismatic Excellence Award
Numismatic French
Numismatic German
Numismatic Italian
Numismatic Spanish
Paleo-Hebrew Alphabet
Phoenician Alphabet
Pi-Style Athens Tetradrachms
Roman Coin Attribution 101
Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum
The Temple Tax Hoard
Travels of Paul
Tribute Penny
Tyrian Shekels
What I Like About Ancient Coins
Widow's Mite




A kalathos is a tall headdress symbolizing prosperity and worn by certain gods and goddesses such as Serapis, Cybele, Demeter and Demeter's daughter Persephone. More accurately it is a basket with a flared top which was used in a domestic context, sometimes referred to as a "bushel measure" for grain. Sometimes it is confused with the Roman modius, also a basket used as a corn measure; or a polos, a thin cylindrical hat worn by some goddesses. The kalathos was typically worn by deities with eastern origins, or when deities are depicted on coins made in eastern mints.

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