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Exceptional Pedigreed Akanthos

Triton XXII, Lot: 178. Estimate $10000.
Sold for $20000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

MACEDON, Akanthos. Circa 430-390 BC. AR Tetradrachm (26mm, 14.33 g, 5h). Light ‘Thraco-Macedonian’ standard. Ale–, magistrate. Lion right, attacking bull crouching left, biting into its hindquarter; AΛE above / AKA-N-ΘIO-N in shallow incuse square around quadripartite square in relief, the quarters raised and granulated. Desneux 138 (D131/R124); AMNG III/2, –; HGC 3, 391. Choice EF, lovely even gray tone with light iridescence around the devices. Very rare issue; only one is noted by Desneux (in The Hague), and the present coin is the only example in CoinArchives.

From the Gasvoda Collection. Ex Baron Lorne Thyssen-Bornemisza & Dr. Thomas S. Kaplan Joint Collection (Numismatica Genevensis SA IX, 14 December 2015), lot 36; Numismatica Ars Classica 33 (6 April 2006), lot 114; Triton VIII (11 January 2005), lot 110; Leu 65 (21 May 1996), lot 132; Tkalec (23 October 1992), lot 56.