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Hemidrachm (Coin) Depicting a Lion

A work made of silver.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of silver.


late 5th century BCE


Greek; minted in Chersonesus

About this artwork

The front (obverse) of this coin depicts the forepart of a lion, leaping right with head turned back and mouth open. The back (reverse) shows a 4 part square, with alternate quarters incused. In one, a dot and an E appear while in the other, an insect.


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Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium


Ancient Roman


Hemidrachm (Coin) Depicting a Lion


Roman Empire (Minted in)

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450 BCE–400 BCE




Diam.: 1.3 cm (9/16 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of William F. Dunham

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