Tetradrachm of Akanthos with lion attacking bull

Greek
Early Classical Period
470–450 B.C.


Mint: Macedonia, Akanthos

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 0528.

Dimensions

Diameter: 29 mm. Weight: 17.22 gm.

Accession Number

08.340

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Coins

Obverse: Lioness right, on bull left, biting him in croup; her head facing; fine lines indicating hair on neck; bull’s head left, legs bent, tail curled upward, body not sunk to ground.
Inscription in Greek above.
In exergue, vine branch at left with bunch of grapes in center downwards and leaf downwards at right.
Border of dots.
Reverse: Square incuse; in center, fourpart square with raised granulated surfaces.
Inscription in Greek around on raised flat surface.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; June 1908: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 4,884.00 (this figure is the total price for MFA 08.329-08.359)

Credit Line

Julia Bradford Huntington James Fund