Macedon, Akanthos (c. 500 B.C.), Silver Tetradrachm, lion left, sinking its jaws into the back of bull kneeling to right, floral ornament in exergue, reverse, quadripartite incuse square, diameter approximately 26 mm, weight 17.05g.
An excellent example, struck in high relief on good metal, well-centred, attractive cabinet toning, extremely fine.
Ex Elisabeth Washburn King Collection, Christie's New York, December 1992, lot 64.
The design of this coin, a composition of great detail and movement, is one of the most famous from archaic Greece.
The lion has leapt onto the back of a bull and is in the process of sinking its jaws in as the bull lurches its head back in reaction.
This example is very well preserved and displays an attractive cabinet tone.
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