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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
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.
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