Dec 8, 2009
Dec 8, 2009

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

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

387–326 BC

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Electrum (gold-silver alloy)

Diameter: 0.9 cm (3/8 in.)

Weight: 2.592 g (0.09 oz.)

Die axis: 6

Gift of J. H. Wade 1916.973


Did you know?

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.

See also
GR - Greek
Greek and Roman Art
Type of artwork: 
Credit line: 
Gift of J. H. Wade

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