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Tetradrachm of Kyrene with silphion fruits and lion

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Obverse: two silphion fruits, point down with silphion plant at left. At right, lion leaping upwards to left with head reverted, holding prey in jaws and with right forepaw. Reverse: irregular incuse crossed by fine lines at right angles.

Provenance

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. 1331); September 1904: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

Greek, Archaic Period, 570–525 B.C.

Mint

Kyrene, Cyrenaica

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 1298.

Dimensions

Diameter: 23 mm. Weight: 16.58 gm.

Accession Number

04.1195

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Numismatics, Coins