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Lot 39
Estimate: 22500 CHF
MACEDON, Akanthos. Circa 490 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 17.20 g). Lion to left, attacking bull kneeling to right, head lifted; in exergue, flower Rev. Quadripartite incuse square. BMFA 516. Desneux 2 c (this coin). SNG ANS 1. Lightly toned and beautifully struck in high relief. Good extremely fine.


Ex Münzhandlung Basel 8, 23 March 1937, 213.

This is one of the very earliest of all the tetradrachms of Akanthos and it shows a remarkable archaic vigor in its design. The scene of the lion attacking a bull is an age-old Eastern symbol of power, brought to this region by through Persian influence. All the 5th century issues of Akanthos are very attractive, but the earliest ones, in higher relief than those that followed, are by far the most impressive. This piece is one of the finest imaginable examples.
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Online bidding closes: 06 May 2009 14:00:00 CET
Current Date & Time: 24 Mar 2019 13:51:54 CET
Remaining Time: Closed
Hammer Price: 24500 CHF

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Lot 39
Estimate: 22500 CHF
Hammer Price: 24500 CHF
MACEDON, Akanthos. Circa 490 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 17.20 g). Lion to left, attacking bull kneeling t ...
Lot 40
Estimate: 10000 CHF
Hammer Price: 19000 CHF
MACEDON, Akanthos. Circa 440. Tetradrachm (Silver, 17.24 g 7). Lion to right, attacking bull, with head ...
Lot 41
Estimate: 12500 CHF
Hammer Price: 12000 CHF
MACEDON, Chalkidian League. Circa 410. Tetradrachm (Silver, 14.61 g, 6 h), Olynthos. Laureate head of A ...