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Leontinoi AR Tetradrachm, c. 430-425 BC, FDC

Sicily, Leontinoi. AR Tetradrachm (24 mm, 17.31 g), c. 430-425 BC.
Obv. Laureate head of Apollo left.
Rev. Lion's head left, with open jaws and tongue protruding, around which LEONTINON; laurel leaf behind, three barley-corns around.
Boehringer, Leontinoi 55 (same dies); Rizzo pl. XXIV, 4 (same dies); SNG ANS 257 (same dies).

Nicely toned. Well centered, virtually as struck and FDC.

This coin is an example of the work of the "maestro della foglia", dubbed thus for his habit of “signing” his work with a special type of leaf, instead of the usual initials or name: on the right side of the reverse of this coin we find a laurel leaf.
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