Unfortunately, we weren't around during the 6 century BC during the Achaemenid Period. We'd have snapped up all the gold ornaments we could carry because of their elaborate Persian artistry. The good news is that the Metropolitan Museum of Art replicated a few of the rarest original finds from the era, enabling we mere mortals to enjoy their lustrous golden beauty.
This heavily gold-plated money clip features an Achaemenid ornament of back-to-back lions with entwined tails. We haven't had the pleasure of seeing the original but based on a picture we found of it, this museum piece holds its own. MMA never skimps on their fine replicas so this one is very impressive.
The money clip measures 1 1/2 inches across the lions by just over 2 inches high. It weighs 19.6 grams. The back is marked MMA. There's a natural gap where someone kept a little wad of bills...nothing excessive so your C-notes should fit just fine. The heavy gold-plating has an amazing luster...just like in the good old days.
This money clip is long gone from MMA offerings. It's circa 1970s/80...in excellent vintage condition.
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Vintage MMA Persian Empire Ornament Money Clip - Achaemenid Lions