Modern 20 Lepta Piece of Greece1912
7/8 in. (diameter) x 1/16 in. (2.3 cm x 0.2 cm)
Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: C.1788
Geography: Europe, Greece
Classification: Exchange Media; Coins
Collection: Lily Ross Taylor Collection
This object has the following keywords:
- amphorae - Ancient Greek and Roman storage vessels of many variations usually having a large oval body with a narrow neck and two or more handles extending from the mouth or neck to the shoulders on the body.
- Animalia - Kingdom containing multicellular organisms having cells bound by a plasma membrane and organized into tissue and specialized tissue systems that permit them to either move about in search of food or to draw food toward themselves. Unable to make their own food within themselves, as photosynthetic plants do, they rely on consuming preformed food. They possess a nervous system with sensory and motor nerves, enabling them to receive environmental stimuli and to respond with specialized movements.
- coins - Pieces of metal stamped by government authority for use as money.
- crowns - Use only for those British large silver coins struck sporadically from 1551 to 1937 and valued at five shillings, and for British cupronickel coins of the same value issued from 1937 to 1965.
- Strigiformes - Order containing around 180 species in two families of nocturnal raptorial birds with hooked beaks, strong talons, and soft plumage. All owls have the same general appearance, which is characterized by a flat face, small hooked beak, short tail, round wings, and large, forward-facing eyes. The bird became associated with Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom and also owls became symbolic of intelligence because it was thought that they could forsee events. Also, because of their nocturnal existence and hooting sounds, owls have also been symbols associated with the occult. In the Middle Ages, the owl became a symbol of the darkness before the coming of Christ.
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