Leontini. Tetradrachm circa 460-450, AR 17.24 g. Laureate head of Apollo r., hair rolled behind neck. Rev. LEO – N – T – IN – ON Lion's head r., with jaws open and tongue protruding; behind, tripod. Around, three barley grains. Rizzo pl. XXIII, 12 (these dies). Jameson 630 (these dies). AMB 350 (these dies). Kraay-Hirmer pl. 7, 22 (this obverse die). Ward 190 (these dies). Boehringer, Studies Price, pl. 11, 33 (these dies).
Very rare. The finest representation of Apollo in Leontinian coinage and the master
engraver's prototype work of the entire series. Light iridescent tone,
minor porosity on obverse, otherwise about extremely fine
Ex NAC 23, 2002, 1095 and NAC 72, 2013, 316 sales.
|Starting price||8'000 CHF|