Dec 8, 2009
Dec 8, 2009

Stater: Athena (Obverse); Lion (Reverse)

Stater: Athena (Obverse); Lion (Reverse)

300s BC

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Greece, Velia

(Lucania)

Silver

Diameter: 1.9 cm (3/4 in.)

Weight: 7.581 g (0.27 oz)

Die axis: 6

Gift of the John Huntington Art and Polytechnic Trust 1917.996

Location

Did you know?

Nearly worn away above the lion are the remains of a flying owl.

Description

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.

See also
Collection: 
GR - Greek
Department: 
Greek and Roman Art
Type of artwork: 
Coins
Medium: 
Silver

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