Tetradrachm of Akanthos with lion attacking bull

Classical Period
430–390 B.C.

Mint: Macedonia, Akanthos

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 0533.


Diameter: 25 mm. Weight: 13.39 gm.

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Obverse: Lion right, with head three-quarters to left, on bull left, biting him in croup; her head facing; fine lines indicating hair on neck; lion’s tail hanging down; bull’s head left, legs bent, rear raised, tail curled upward; plain ground line.
Border of dots.
Reverse: Square incuse; in center, fourpart square with raised granulated surfaces in pyramidal form.
Inscription in Greek on raised convex band outlined by incuse margin.


By date unknown: James Whittall Collection; by 1884: with Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, 13 Wellington Street, Strand, London (auction of the James Whittall Collection, July 10ff., 1884, lot 380 [not illustrated]); 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. 544); September 1904: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund