ACANTHUS SILVER TETRADRACHM – ATTRACTIVE LATE ARCHAIC PERIOD SPECIMEN OF WONDERFUL STYLE – AU NGC GRADED GREEK MACEDON COIN (Inv. 15730)
MACEDON. ACANTHUS. Ca. 470-430 BC.
Silver tetradrachm, 17.43 g, 28 mm.
Obv. Lion springing right, attacking bull kneeling left, bull’s head facing right, control letter Θ above, stylized acanthus flower in exergue, all within dotted border.
Rev. Quadripartite incuse square.
NGC graded AU, Strike 5/5, Surface 4/5, a wonderful example of late Archaic art. The principal motif, the lion attacking a bull, may refer to the struggle of the Greeks (represented by the lion) against the Persians (symbolized by the bull), echoing a story relayed by Herodotus where lions attacked a Persian convoy on its way to Greece.