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    MACEDON. Acanthus. Ca. 470-430 BC. AR tetradrachm (29mm, 17.36 gm, 5h). NGC MS 5/5 - 2/5, test cut. Lion springing right, biting into hind quarters of bull kneeling to left with head lowered; tunny fish left in exergue, thick beaded border / ΑΚΑ-Ν-ΘΙΟ-Ν, legend in raised letters on incuse band, around raised quadripartite square, all within shallow incuse square. Desneux 95.

    Of the Archaic Greek coinages, the imagery of Acanthus is among the most striking and influential, depicting a lion attacking a bull, a motif soon adopted by several other cities. Lions prowled the hinterlands of Thrace and Macedon in this era and Herodotus recounts an episode when the baggage train of the Persian King Xerxes's army was set upon by lions during its march from Asia Minor into Greece proper. This particular rendering of the life-and-death struggle is especially powerful, with its yin-yang juxtapositioning of the two animals struck in living high relief.

    馬其頓。阿坎薩斯。約公元前470-430年。標準重四德拉克馬銀幣(29mm, 17.36gm, 5h)。NGC MS 5/5 - 2/5, 試切割。 獅子向右躍起,咬住前腿跪地面向左側的公牛的後軀;刻記線下方有金槍魚向左,厚實珠線邊框。背面有凸起的幣文AKA-N-THIO-N,分佈在內凹的方框內,環繞住分為四塊的凸起方形,全部都位於方形的淺內凹壓印中。參Desneux 95。


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