Tetradrachm of Akanthos with lion attacking bull

Archaic or Early Classical Period
520–470 B.C.

Mint: Macedonia, Akanthos

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 0520.


Diameter: 29 mm. Weight: 17.43 gm.

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Obverse: Bull, to left, kneeling under attack of a lion right; the bull turns his head back. Above bull Greek letter theta.
Floral ornament in the exergue cut off by a beaded horizontal line.
Around, beaded border.
Reverse: Quadripartite incuse square.


By date unknown: Canon Greenwell Collection (purchased from Rollin & Feuardent); 1902: purchased from Canon Greenwell by Edward Perry Warren (Regling, Die Griechischen Münzen der Sammlung Warren, no. 535); 1904: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren (received by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, 8 Sept. 1904, in exchange for another coin of Akanthos that had not been accessioned)

K. Regling, Die Griechischen Münzen der Sammlung Warren (1906), p. 87, no. 536.

It is not clear if the above provenance applies to this coin or to the one being replaced by this coin.

Credit Line

Catharine Page Perkins Fund