Tetradrachm of Akanthos with lioness attacking bull

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

Mint: Macedonia, Akanthos

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 0515.


Diameter: 30 mm. Weight: 17.33 gm.

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Obverse: Lioness to left, on bull to right, biting him on croup; her head facing, body dotted, with bristling hairs on the upper edge; hindlegs and body above bull kneeling on right foreleg, head sunk, mouth open, tongue protruding.
In exergue, akanthos flower downwards.
Dotted ground line above plain one.
Border of dots.
Reverse: Fourpart square incuse, surfaces irregular.

(Note the illustration for the obverse is incorrectly poised. The ground line should not be slanted upward.)


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. 535); September 1904: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund