Three ancient coins - at left the coin features a pegasus, and the middle and right coins feature heads Three ancient coins - at left the coin features a pegasus, and the middle and right coins feature heads

Serial Production


Greek and Roman coinage occupy a unique place within ancient material culture. The economic function of coinage necessitated millions of specimens, all of which had to be easily recognizable and conform to a standard weight. These specifications were met through a production technique that created seemingly identical items in great quantities and in a short period of time. Blank pieces of gold, silver, or bronze were struck with a hammer to create impressions from a set of dies – resulting in objects that are hand-crafted but also seemingly mass produced. Coins struck from the same dies would theoretically be identical, but variations in the blanks and the unpredictability of the striking process inevitably render each coin unique, whether intended or not.


Serial Production explores this unique context by considering the process of production and the subtle ways that coins vary from one to the next. It investigates a category of material culture that can be considered neither original nor copy, unique but not treated uniquely, and member of a series but valued individually.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a forthcoming publication (anticipated spring 2022), Coins in the McMaster Museum of Art: The Greek and Roman Collections.

Watch the Serial Production Curator’s Talk with Dr. Spencer Pope, Cassius Di Maria and Melissa Choloniuk:


Left: Silver Didrachm of Corinth with Pegasos, 386-307 BCE


Center: Roman Silver Denarius with laureate head of Augustus, 4 CE


Right: Silver Tetradrachm of Macedonia with portrait of Herakles wearing lion skin, 315-294 BCE

Curated by: Dr. Spencer Pope, McMaster University, Department of Classics

April 2022 - December 2022

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To promote and stimulate learning, interest and continued enjoyment about the visual arts, the Museum will organize an annual programme of temporary exhibitions for presentation year round.

Exhibition proposals/submissions are accepted on an on-going basis.

The Director/Curator will select and establish the annual exhibition programme in collaboration with the curatorial team. An exhibition schedule will be presented by the Director/Curator to the Advisory Board of the Museum once each year


Proposals are accepted from artists and curators.


10-20 digital images, project description, and CV.

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Carol Podedworny, Director and Curator
McMaster Museum of Art
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The McMaster Museum of Art is a third party recommender for Ontario Arts Council (OAC) Exhibition Assistance Grants.

The 2023-24 Exhibition Assistance Program opens on June 7, 2023, and closes on January 16, 2024. Our deadlines for the programming year are:

  • September 7, 2023, 1 p.m. ET
  • December 7, 2023, 1 p.m. ET


Please follow the guidelines established by the Ontario Arts Council, apply directly through their website, and submit the following with your applications:

Brief artist statement
Confirmation letter from the gallery/museum/venue
Digital images of work