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Chiton – Ancient Fashion Adorns Most Beautiful U.S. Coin

2009 Ultra High Relief Saint-Gaudens double eagle shows Liberty wearing a Chiton. Image: Adobe Stock / CoinWeek.
2009 Ultra High Relief Saint-Gaudens double eagle shows Liberty wearing a Chiton. Image: Adobe Stock / CoinWeek.

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek Notes …..
 

(n.)

Pronounced “KAI-tun,” usually replacing the “t” with a glottal stop.

As seen on various U.S. and world coins, a chiton is an ancient Greek form of clothing–much like the later Roman tunic–worn by both men and women. Women usually wore a version of the garment that went all the way down to the ankles. A belt called a zoster was often worn to prevent the full length of the fabric from tripping the wearer. On the obverse of the Saint-Gaudens $20 gold double eagle, Lady Liberty is wearing a Doric chiton, a more archaic form of the garment (fastened at the shoulders) than the later Ionic style.

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