Tetradrachm of Kyrene with silphion fruits and lion

Greek
Archaic Period
570–525 B.C.


Mint: Cyrenaica, Kyrene

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 1298.

Dimensions

Diameter: 23 mm. Weight: 16.58 gm.

Accession Number

04.1195

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Coins

Obverse: Two silphion fruits, point down with silphion plant at left.
At right, lion leaping upwards to left with head reverted, holding prey in jaws and with right forepaw.
Reverse: Irregular incuse crossed by fine lines at right angles.

Provenance

By date unknown: Canon Greenwell Collection; July 1902: acquired from Canon Greenwell Collection by Edward Perry Warren (Regling, Die Griechischen Münzen der Sammlung Warren, no. 1331); September 1904: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund