Drachm: Forepart of Lion (obverse); Head of Aphrodite (reverse)

465–449 BCE
Diameter: 1.7 cm (11/16 in.)
Weight: 6.221 g (0.22 oz.)
Location: not on view
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Although produced in the Classical period, this profile head of Aphrodite retains an Archaic look.


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.
Drachm: Forepart of Lion (obverse); Head of Aphrodite (reverse)

Drachm: Forepart of Lion (obverse); Head of Aphrodite (reverse)

465–449 BCE

Greek, minted at Knidos (Karia)

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