The mold is an EXACT replica of the coin made with the highest quality silicone so that every scratch and imperfection was reproduced. I then hand finish each piece which is cast in sterling silver with a weight of 14.6 grams. The original was made when the silver blank was laid on a surface with one side of the coin engraved in it and then hit with a hammer that had the other side engraved in the head producing the finished coin. This made for no two coins exactly alike and I am sure mine are each a little different also
THIS IS THE DESCRIPTIVE HISTORY OF THE COIN GIVEN TO ME
Silver Drachm minted in Rhegion,Bruttium(Magna Graecia) which is the toe area of Italy circa 461-445 BC. A facing lion head of exquisite workmanship faced fifth century coin reverses with Iokastos seated on the main face. Iokastos was a son of Aeolus, king on the coast of Italy in the district of Rhegium.
As with all signs and symbols, meanings should be special and personal as it is you who determines your own unique and symbolic relationship with them. This is a brief summary of the various symbolic meanings available for LIONS.
Of course when we think of lions we usually have visions of strength and power. We also attribute other symbols to lions and they include, Courage, Royalty, Dignity, Authority, Dominion, Justice, Wisdom, and Ferocity. For these reasons English Heraldry uses the Lion for its traits in many of its Royal crests.
Many ancient cultures depict the Lion as a solar symbol, even tho it is primarily nocturnal, conducting its hunting activity mostly at night. Oddly, the lioness is considered Lunar. From this we get a message of balance and sound judgment. The lion teaches us prudence and asks us to not overdo in certain areas of our lives always trying to maintain an overall balance in our life.
The Egyptians used Sekhmet known as the Eye of Ra with power that protects the good and annihilates the wicked to be represented by the lion since they thought the lion to equal the ferocious Sun.
Greek mythology identified the Lion with Dionysus, Phoebus, Cybele, and Artemis since it drew the chariots for these gods and goddesses. This gave the symbolic meaning that Lions were protectors of the living and guardians of the dead as well as palaces, doorways, shrines and thrones. They were also ultimate protectors of hearth and home.
In Hinduism, the lion is an avatar (embodiment or personification) of Vishnu.
In Buddhism the Buddha sits upon the lion as a throne of consistency, strength and fairness
People born under the Zodiac sign of Leo likely possess some lion's personality traits such as Intuition, Self-confidence, Fiery, Territorial, Controlling, Passionate, Generosity, and Loyalty. Born under this sun sign people are fiercely independent, confident and in control. They also are creative and influential forces with the internal power to make positive (or negative) changes in their lives and the lives of others around them. Being very loyal people, they will defend friend and family honor to the death.
The fact that it is a nocturnal creature means that the lion is a symbol of authority and command over subconscious thought (as night is an ancient symbol of the subconscious - or dream states). Dreaming of lions may be a sign to get in touch with ones emotions, and tame them if necessary as well as indicating we may feel as though we are being preyed upon, or we need to defend ourselves. Each of us is born powerful and divine. The lion reminds us of this by also sending the messages to Hold your head high – even in times of conflict – conduct yourself with dignity, Stand tall, remember your birthright of power, Perhaps it’s time to show your authority (not in a dominating way) but lead others with a loving heart, It may be time to defend something that is dear to your heart – defend it fiercely if you must and above all have courage with faith.
In esoteric studies, the lion makes its appearance in the Tarot where it is illustrated in the Strength card of the Major Arcana.
When we observe the lion in nature, we detect an easy strength and a natural dignity. The lion is born powerful, and power comes naturally to it. There is no false bravado as the lion has no need of it.