Dec 9, 2009
Dec 9, 2009

Tetradrachm: Head of Apollo (obverse); Head of Lion (reverse)

Tetradrachm: Head of Apollo (obverse); Head of Lion (reverse)

466–422 BC

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Diameter: 2.5 cm (1 in.)

Weight: 15.681 g (0.55 oz)

Die axis: 2

Gift of the John Huntington Art and Polytechnic Trust 1917.988


Did you know?

The lion on coins of Leontini marks a pun on the city name.


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
GR - Greek
Greek and Roman Art
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