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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。

    在希臘古風時期的硬幣中,阿坎薩斯的圖像是最引人注目和影響深遠的,它刻畫了一頭獅子攻擊一頭公牛的景象,這一主題很快就被其他幾個城市採用。在這個時代,獅子在色雷斯和馬其頓的腹地徘徊,希羅多德曾講述了一段波斯國王薛西斯的輜重隊從小亞細亞向希臘本土行進時被獅子襲擊的經歷。這一對殊死搏鬥的獨特描繪格外有力,如同陰陽般並列的兩種動物通過高浮雕被呈現得栩栩如生。


    Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000.

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