Show us your lions

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  1. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter


    ASIA MINOR Uncertain mint AR Tetartemorion Lion - Incuse 5mm 0.13g.jpg
    ASIA MINOR Uncertain mint AR Tetartemorion Lion - Incuse 5mm 0.13g

    LYCIA Dynast Perikles 380-360 BCE AR 1-3 Stater 20x14mm 2.8g Facing lion's scalp Triskeles BMC 157

    Akkadian 2350-2200 BCE Cylinder Seal Buff stone scene hero wresting antelope winged lion Ex J Tabot with SCENE

    Ionia Miletos AR Tetartemorion  5.6mm 0.21g Roaring Lion Hd - Bird Klein 430 SNG Kay 941.JPG
    Ionia Miletos AR Tetartemorion 5.6mm 0.21g Roaring Lion Hd - Bird Klein 430 SNG Kay 941

    Carthage LIBYAN UPRISING Mercenary War 241-238 BCE 7.36g AR DiShekel Herakles Head in Lion's Head- Lion walking R SNG Cop 240f

    RImp Marc Antony 43 BCE AR Quinarius 13mm 1.67g Lugdunum Winged bust Victory-probly Fulvia Lion DVNI LVGV Cr 489-5 Syd 1160

    Thrace Lysimachus AE 14 306 BC Apollo forepart of Lion.JPG
    Thrace Lysimachus AE 14 306 BC Apollo forepart of Lion

    Iona-Miletos Late6thC fine lion.jpg
    Iona-Miletos Late6thC fine lion
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  3. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

  4. Ryro

    Ryro You'll never be lovelier than you are now... Supporter

    Always impressed by your artistry and coins DR! Great thread idea. Here’s some Greek lions:
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  5. robinjojo

    robinjojo Supporter! Supporter

    Wonderful scorpion!
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  6. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

  7. panzerman

    panzerman Well-Known Member

    I will add some lions from India....
    AV Fanam ND
    Rajas of Thanjuvar/ Raja Sarabjahi I 1712-29
    8mm. 0.39g.
    Lion depicted with a peacock head:wideyed:

    AV Pagoda ND
    Kadambas of Hangal
    Toyimedeva 1048-75
    20mm. 4.30g.
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  8. robinjojo

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  9. rg3

    rg3 Well-Known Member

    Good idea! Here is a Babylonian stater.
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  10. Orielensis

    Orielensis Well-Known Member

    Nice coins everyone.

    Here are some of my lions in chronological order:

    Magna Graecia – Thrakien, Chersonesos, Hemidrachme, Löwenprotome und Incusum.png
    Thrace, Chersonesos, AR hemidrachm, ca. 386–338 BC. Obv: forepart of lion r., head reverted. Rev: four-part incuse square with alternating raised and sunken quarters; HP-monogram and pellet in upper sunken quarter, pellet in lower sunken quarter. 13mm, 2.4g; SNG Copenhagen 828 var (pellet instead of leaf on reverse).

    Magna Graecia – Lykien, Dynast Perikles, third stater, lion, triskeles.png
    Dynasts of Lycia, Perikles, AR 1/3 stater, ca. 380–360 BC: Obv: Lion scalp facing. Rev: PERIKLE in Lycian script; triskele. 14mm, 2.76g. Ref: SNG von Aulock 4254–5.

    Rom – Septimius Severus, denar, Dea Caelestis.png
    Septimius Severus, Roman Empire, AR denarius, 202–210 AD, Rome mint. Obv: SEVERVS PIVS AVG; head of Septimius Severus, laureate, r. Rev: INDVLGENTIA AVGG IN CARTH; Dea Caelestis, draped, riding r. on lion, holding thunderbolt in r. hand and sceptre in l. hand; below, water gushing from rock. 19mm, 3.32g. Ref: RIC IV Septimius Severus 266. Ex Marc Breitsprecher; ex Secret Saturn 2019.

    MA – Italien, Sicily, William II, trifollaro.png
    Norman Kingdom of Sicily, under William II "the Good," AE trifollaro, 1166–1189 AD, Messina mint. Obv: lion's head facing. Rev: palm tree. 26mm, 10.27g. Ref: Spahr 117; Biaggi 1231.

    MA – Deutschland etc., Braunschweig, Stadt, Löwe, Brakteat.png
    City of Braunschweig, AR "Ewiger Pfennig" (bracteate), after 1412 AD. Obv: lion walking l. Rev: negative design (bracteate). 21 mm, 0.45g. Ref: Berger 993–1001.

    MA – Armenien, Gosdantin III.:IV., Takvorin.png
    Armenian Kingdom of Cilicia, Gosdantin III or IV, AR Takvorin, 1344–1373 AD, Sis or Tarsus mint. Reverse: Armenian legend, king riding r., holding lily sceptre. Rev: Armenian legend, lion with cross walking r. 23mm, 1.97g. Ref: Nercessian 471–478; 491–496. Overstruck.
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  11. Kentucky

    Kentucky Supporter! Supporter

    Finally got one in a Frank Robinson auction...little off center, but still I love it!
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  12. DonnaML

    DonnaML Supporter! Supporter

    Perhaps this is cheating a little bit, but you did say lions! So here are two more I have, both from Egypt and both depicting Sekhmet -- one of limestone, from the 22nd-23rd Dynasties, and one of blue faience, from the 26th Dynasty.


    Reclining Sekhmet.jpg
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  13. Pellinore

    Pellinore Supporter! Supporter

    I forgot this Samos tetrobol with its lion scalp - with piercing looks though vanquished.

    1211 e Samos ct.jpg

    Ionia, Islands off. Samos. Circa 210-190 BC. AR Tetrobol. Obv. Facing lion’s scalp. Rev. Forepart of bull butting right; amphora, monogram TAT, and barley ear below. Text above: ΣAMIΩN. 16 mm, 3.01 gr. Barron p. 147, type j, cf. nr. 27.
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  14. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    It is getting hard to find one someone has not posted before but my favorite lions are still available.
    Aurelian - I have no idea what the meaning of the lion in exergue was but he is well done.

    Of course Leo I had to have a lion on his AE4.

    I like this Gallienus but wonder why the lion was so small.
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  15. Magnus Maximus

    Magnus Maximus Dulce et Decorum est....

    Seleucid kitty

    SELEUKID EMPIRE. Seleukos I Nikator. 312-281 BC. AR Stater (22mm, 15.89 g, 11h). Ba’al seated left, holding scepter / Lion walking left; anchor above. SC 88.2a; HGC 9, 67a. Area of weak strike, some porosity. VF. Babylon mint.
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  16. dadams

    dadams Well-Known Member

    Love the new graphic and really, really like that Azes II

    Here are the only two lions in the Ark:
    Ionia, Miletus

    Bruttium, Rhegion
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  17. ominus1

    ominus1 Well-Known Member

    .......i didnt know there was a lion on this Greek Cheronese hemi for many years...:wideyed:(excuse the old pic) thracian chersonesus hemidrachm 004.JPG thracian chersonesus hemidrachm 005.JPG
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  18. Pellinore

    Pellinore Supporter! Supporter

    And some Eastern lions.

    5526 Azes sct.jpg

    Indo-Scythian Kingdom, Azes II (c. 35-12 BC) hexachalkon. Obv. Lion standing right, monogram above, Kharoshthi text around, probably saying 'Of Azes, the great King of Kings'. Rev. Bull walking right, monogram above, Greek text around Basileoos basileoon megalou/ Azou. 28.5 mm, 14.16 gr.

    5617 Soghd Nestorian ct.jpg
    AE Vardanzi, Soghdia (Central Asia, Silk Road), around 700 AD. Obv. Lion left. Rev. Nestorian cross. 15 mm, 0.64 gr. Zeno 49952. Sought after because of its possible Christian connotations, deep in Asia.

    6382 Quz wo.jpg

    AE fals Qarakhanids, Quz Ordu, 413 AH = 1022 AD. Arslan-khan Mansur b. ‘Ali. Rev. Lion in gracious expressivity, its head turning around. 26 mm, 3.35 gr. Kochnev 592 a. Zeno 66574.

    6940 Pul.jpg

    Late Medieval Islamic pul, but somehow I have no other data.
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  19. pprp

    pprp Well-Known Member

    My favorite lion is the one of Hekatomnos

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  20. Alwin

    Alwin Supporter! Supporter


    LUCANIA, VELIA (c. 300-280) Stater, 7.39 g - 21.5 mm
    Head of Athena, wearing Attic helmet decorated with wing - Φ K I
    Lion walking left - Φ I Triskeles - YEΛHTΩN
    Last edited: Mar 22, 2020
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  21. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    Alwin's post reminded me of Velia staters with their assortment of lions.
    Eating meat on ground


    another but this is a fourree

    It strikes me that we see more worn Velia staters than many larger silver coins and this tends to make them available at lower prices than some cities with less interesting types. Of course, if you must have them in highest grades, they are not cheap. Alwin's coin is exceptional.
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