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Artist: Unknown Greek Artist Primary
Date: ca. 490-465 BCE
5th century BCE
Dimensions: 0.61 in. (1.56 cm)
Dimensions Extent: width = diameter
Object Type: Coin
Creation Place: Europe, Greece, Caria Islands
Medium and Support: Silver
Credit Line: On loan from the American Numismatic Society, Bequest of E.T. Newell
Accession Number: L2016.12.01
On View: Bellarmine Hall Galleries

This coin features the forepart of a lion on the obverse, and the head of the goddess Aprhodite on the reverse.

To learn more about this object, please see the American Numismatic Society's catalog entry here.


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Ancient greek goddess who was the daughter of Zeus and Dione. She was believed to be the goddess of beauty, love, and pleasure.
Any living organisms, including human beings; may be real or fictional, including mythical or legendary creatures.
Refers to an ancient Greek style and period that begins around 480 BCE, when the Greek city-states defeated the Persian invaders, and ends around 323 BCE, with the death of Alexander the Great. It is characterized by the rebuilding of cities after the Persian wars, the flourishing of philosophy, drama, architecture, sculpture, painting, and the other arts. In the visual arts, it is known for the mastery of the human form and sophistication of architectural design.
Study of coins, tokens, medals, paper money, and objects closely resembling them in form or purpose.
Pieces of metal stamped by government authority for use as money.
public domain
Land owned and controlled by the state or federal government. Also, the status of publications, products, and processes that are not protected under patent or copyright.
Ancient Greek
Refers to the culture and styles of ancient Greece, generally excluding modern and prehistoric periods, but including periods between around 900 BCE to around 31 BCE. For the culture of Greece in general, including modern Greece, see "Greek."
Small, silver Greek coins originally equivalent to six obols and issued from the 6th century BCE; usage continued by the Parthians and Sassanians until the 7th century CE.
lion's head
Motif in the form of the head of a lion, usually a maned African lion. Examples occur in Western and Asian art, for example in carpet designs, spouts and other elements on pottery, and ornamental elements on architecture or furniture.
Genre and tradition concerning the study of a culture's body of myths, belonging to a particular religious or cultural tradition in an authoritative and official fashion and through symbolic narrative, iconography, or characterization, usually through the forms and personalities of deities.

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