Ionia, Phokaia, Electrum Hekte

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Ionia, Phokaia. Electrum Hekte, c. 387-326 BC. Obverse: Head of the Lydian queen, Omphale facing left, wearing the lion’s skin headdress of Herakles, and with his club over her shoulder.…
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Ionia, Phokaia.

Electrum Hekte, c. 387-326 BC.

Obverse: Head of the Lydian queen, Omphale facing left, wearing the lion’s skin headdress of Herakles, and with his club over her shoulder. Seal below, off-flan.
Reverse: Quadripartite incuse square.

(Bodenstedt Group 107d/a; Boston 1917; SNG Copenhagen 1029; SNG von Aulock 2133).

Good Very Fine.

2.52g.

This coin references a mythical tale of Herakles which was comical to the Ancient Greeks. In it, Hearkles was forced to act as a slave to the Lydian Queen, Omphale. He was forced to wear women’s clothing and perform ‘women’s roles’ about the palace. Omphale, meanwhile, took pleasure in wearing Herakles’ trademark lion-skin headdress, and wielding his club. It is her portrait we see here – the remarkable depiction of the Lydian Queen wearing the lion-skin headdress.

Specification

Periodc. 387 - 326 BC
Coin Group

Ancient Greece

Denomination

Hekte

Coin Ruler

Phokaia

Country

Asia Minor

Coin House

Ionia

Metal

Electrum

ReferencesBodenstedt Group 107d/a; Boston 1917; SNG Copenhagen 1029; SNG von Aulock 2133.
Weight2.52 g

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