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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.


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.


Kyrene, Cyrenaica

Catalogue Raisonné

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


Diameter: 23 mm. Weight: 16.58 gm.

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Numismatics, Coins