Stater: Head of Athena (obverse); Lion (reverse)

c. 340–334 BC
Diameter: 1.9 cm (3/4 in.)
Weight: 7.581 g (0.27 oz)
Location: not on view
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Nearly worn away above the lion are the remains of a flying owl.


The lion, king of the beasts and an animal associated with regal and heroic power, featured prominently on the coinage of many ancient Greek city-states. Artists placed the lion in a variety of poses, sometimes including the whole body, at other times the foreparts or just the head. Although it may once have roamed nearby, for many Greeks the lion was a monster nearly as exotic as the Chimaera, of which it formed a part, together with a goat head and snake-headed tail.
Stater: Head of Athena (obverse); Lion (reverse)

Stater: Head of Athena (obverse); Lion (reverse)

c. 340–334 BC

Greek, minted at Hyele (South Italy)

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