Hecte: Head of Omphale (obverse); Incuse Square (reverse)

387–326 BCE
Diameter: 0.9 cm (3/8 in.)
Weight: 2.592 g (0.09 oz.)
Location: not on view
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The Lydian queen Omphale wears the lion skin of Herakles, whom she enslaved.


This very small electrum coin shows the Lydian queen Omphale on the obverse. She can be distinguished from Herakles, whose lion-skin she wears, by her earring. Also visible, over her shoulder, is the hero’s club, while beneath her swims a small seal—phôkê in Greek, a punning reference to Phokaia, where the coin was made. The reverse features a much simpler design, a quartered incuse square.
Hecte: Head of Omphale (obverse); Incuse Square (reverse)

Hecte: Head of Omphale (obverse); Incuse Square (reverse)

387–326 BCE

Greek, minted at Phokaia (Ionia)

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