MYCENAE – Lion Gate

The Lion Gate was built c. 1250 BC, it was approached by a ramp that ran below steep walls on its north-eastern side and led to an Outer Court designed to reduce the numbers of any assaulting force. The situation was made even more lethal for the attackers by the presence of a huge projecting bastion on the south-western side.The gate itself was built out of massive megalithic blocks. The blocks frame an opening 3,1 meters high and 2,95 meters wide at the threshold which was closed by wooden double-doors decorated by bronze ornaments. Pivot holes were preserved in the lintel and threshold. Rectangular sockets in the doorjambs held a crossbar, while other recesses received the handles of the open doors. Above the lintel, the superstructure of the wall was corbelled to leave a ‘relieving triangle’ which was covered by a slab whose weight rested only on the lower corners. The slab was carved with a relief depicting a pair of lions flanking a column with their forepaws rested on a pair of altars which supported the column. The heads (now missing) were of a different material and fastened to the bodies by dowels. They faced outwards towards anyone approaching the gate.

Release Dates

2004, 2009, 2014


  • Coin Alloy Name: Alpaca 12
  • Coin Alloy Color: silver
  • Coin Diameter: 31
  • Coin Thickness: 2,25
  • Coin Edge: serrated, fine with script
  • City: MYCENAE
  • Country: Greece
  • Available: no
  • Location: MYCENAE, Greece