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The bee on a silver tetradrachm coin from Ephesus represents the Greek goddess Artemis and her priestesses. (The J Paul Getty Museum)


View 1: This massive ring has a heavy gold hoop widening at the shoulders to join a thick round bezel with intaglio device surrounded by a cabled border. Engraved in the center of the bezel is a round-faced lion, above which an inscription in Gothic lettering reads in reverse: “YN DEDE,” (“in deed or “indeed”). This motto perhaps descends from one of the Knights Marchers, or Marcher Lords, who occupied the borderlands between Wales and England and who were granted special privileges and…