Ionia, Hecte


Ionia, Hecte (obverse) Ionia, Hecte (reverse)

This coin struck from electron is very rare. Its obverse shows a lioness with her jaw wide open and her tongue visible. The lion was widely used on early coins for its strong symbolism – power, strength and dominance.

The reverse of our coin bears an incuse square, a distinctive feature of early coinage. The incuse resulted from the striking process; it showed the impact of the punch that was used to chase the metal into the obverse die, which was imbedded in the anvil.


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