Ancient Coinage of Akanthos, Macedonia


Akanthos, along with other Thraco-Macedonian cities and tribes, began striking impressive sized silver coins at the end of the 6th century BC.
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AMNG 16Akanthos, Macedonia, AR Obol, ca 480 BC. 0.60 g. Lion's head facing / Quadripartite square. AMNG III-2, 16; Rosen 87.TextImage
BMC 34Acanthus, Macedon, AR tetrobol, (2.22g) c. 470-390 BC, Forepart of bull left, head turned, swastika and olive leaf above / Shallow quadripartite incuse square, granulated. BMC 34.TextImage
BMC 36Akanthos, Macedonia, AR tetrobol. ca. 425 - 400. 2.39 g. Forepart of bull kneeling left, head turned back, A above / Quadripartite incuse square with granulated sections separated by lines. BMC 36; SNG Cop. 16; SNG ANS 48; Traité II-4, 1067.TextImage
BMC 38Macedon, Akanthos c.470 - 390 BC. AR Tetrobol. Forepart of a bull left, head turned back, ΠE above. / Quadripartite incuse square. TextImage
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Desneux 90 varAkanthos, Macedonia, AR Tetradrachm. 26.41mm, 16.82 g. ca 500-480 BC. Lion left, attacking bull crouching right, A above, floral motif (Desneux type E) beneath the exergual line which comprises of a row of dots between two lines / Quadripartite incuse square. Desneux 90 var (lion right); Lockett 1283 var (ditto); BMC 3 var (Θ above).TextImage
Desneux 95cfAkanthos, Macedonia AR Tetradrachm. Circa 424-390 BC. Lion, right, attacking bull kneeling to left, biting into its hindquarter; fish left in exergue / AKA-NΘ-I-ON around quadripartite square, the quarters granulated. SNG ANS -. TextImage
Desneux 95ffAkanthos, Macedonia. 430-390 BC. AR Tetradrachm (17.14 grams). Lion attacking bull / AKANΘOΣ around quadripartite square. TextImage
Desneux 104Macedon, Akanthos AR Tetradrachm. Circa 424-390 BC. Lion, right, attacking bull kneeling to left, biting into its hindquarter; ­I above, branch in exergue / AKA-NΘ-I-ON around quadripartite square, the quarters raised & granulated. SNG ANS -. TextImage
Desneux 117Akanthos, Macedonia AR Tetradrachm. Circa 424-390 BC. Lion, right, attacking bull kneeling to left, biting into its hindquarter; Y above / AKA-NΘ-I-ON around quadripartite square, the quarters granulated. Cf. Desneux 117 (D113/R105); SNG ANS -. TextImage
Desneux 120cfMacedon, Akanthos AR Tetradrachm. Circa 424-390 BC. AR Tetradrachm. Lion, right, attacking bull kneeling to left with raised head, biting into its hindquarter; EYK above, floral motif in exergue / AKA-NΘ-I-ON around quadripartite square, the quarters granulated. TextImage
Desneux 134Macedon, Akanthos AR Tetradrachm. Ca 424-390 BC. Lion, right, attacking bull kneeling to left, biting into its hindquarter; ΣY above / AKA-NΘ-I-ON around quadripartite square, the quarters raised & granulated. SNG ANS -. TextImage
Desneux 138Akanthos, Macedonia. Circa 430-390 BC. AR Tetradrachm. Ale..., magistrate. Lion right, attacking bull kneeling to left; AΛE above / AKA-N-ΘIO-N in shallow incuse around quadripartite square, the quarters raised & granulated. SNG ANS -. TextImage
Desneux 141Macedona, Akanthos. Circa 430-390 BC. AR Tetradrachm. Ale..., magistrate. Lion right, attacking bull kneeling to left; AΛE in exergue / AKA-N-ΘIO-N in shallow incuse around quadripartite square, the quarters raised & granulated. SNG ANS -. TextImage
akanthos_4dr Akanthos Ca. 430-350BC AR Tetradrachm. Lion, right attacking Bull to left / AKANΘION around grapes in square, all within incuse square. TextImage
Moushmov 5929Macedonia, Acanthus, AR Tetrobol. ca 400-350 BC. Forepart of bull kneeling left, head reverted, star above / shallow quadripartite incuse. TextImage
Robinson 1aMacedonia, Acanthus AR Tetradrachm. ca 424-350 BC. Lion right attacking bull half-kneeling left / AKANΘION, Quadripartite pattern with raised granular mound in each quarter, surrounded by shallow incuse frame containing ethnic. Desneux 136bis. TextImage
SG 1396vAcanthus, Macedon, AR tetrobol, (2.34g) c. 470-390 BC, Forepart of bull left, head turned, A above / Shallow quadripartite incuse square. S 1369var. Superb EF, trivial flaw near reverse center. TextImage
SNG ANS 6Akanthos, Macedonia. Circa 500-480 BC. AR Tetradrachm. Lion right, attacking bull kneeling to left; [floret in exergue] / Quadripartite incuse square. TextImage
SNG ANS 10Akanthos, Macedonia. Circa 480-470 BC. AR Tetradrachm. Lion right, attacking bull kneeling to left; Q above, floret in exergue / Quadripartite incuse square. Desneux 63. TextImage
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SNG ANS 10vMacedonis, Akanthos. Circa 480-470 BC. AR Tetradrachm. Lion right, attacking bull kneeling to left, bull's head reverted; Q above, floret in exergue / Quadripartite incuse square. TextImage
SNG ANS 12Akanthos, Macedonia AR Tetradrachm. Circa 424-390 BC. Lion, right, attacking bull kneeling to left, biting into its hindquarter; P in exergue / AKANΘIOΣ around quadripartite square, the quarters raised & granulated. Desneux 122 cf. TextImage
SNG ANS 14vMacedona, Akanthos. Circa 430-390 BC. AR Tetradrachm. Lion right, attacking bull kneeling to left; reversed swastika above, nothing in exergue / AKANΘIOΣ in shallow incuse around granulated quadripartite square. TextImage
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SNGANS 15vAkanthos, Macedonia. Circa 430-390 BC. AR Tetradrachm. Alexis, magistrate. Lion right, attacking bull kneeling to left; ALEXIS in exergue / AKA-N-ΘIO-N in shallow incuse around quadripartite square, the quarters raised & granulated. AMNG III 29. TextImage
SNGANS 17Akanthos, Macedonia. Circa 525-470 BC. AR Tetrobol (2.34 gm). Forepart of bull left, head reverted / Quadripartite incuse square. TextImage
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SNGANS 18Akanthos, Macedonia AR Tetrobol. ca 480-470 BC. Forepart of lion right; floret above / Quadripartite incuse square. AMNG 13. TextImage
SNGANS 24Acanthus, 525-470 BC, AR Diobol. 1.207 grams. Head of Athena r., in crested Athenian helmet. / Shallow quadripartite incuse square. TextImage
SNGANS 30Akanthos, Macedonia. Circa 470-390 BC. AR Tetrobol. Forepart of bull left, head reverted / Quadripartite incuse square. TextImage
SNGANS 32Acanthus, 470-390 BC, AR Tetrobol. 2.028 grams. Head & neck of bull l., head reverted. / Quadripartite incuse square. TextImage
SNGANS 34Akanthos, Macedonia. c470-390 BC. AR Tetrobol. Forepart of bull left, head reverted; acanthus flower above / Quadripartite incuse square. TextImage
SNGANS 42Macedonia, Acanthus AR Tetrobol. 425-348 BC. Forepart of bull running left, head reverted, Π and swastika above / quadripartite incuse. TextImage
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SNGANS 44Macedonia, Acanthus AR Tetrobol. ca 400-350 BC. Forepart of bull kneeling left, head reverted, PE above / Shallow quadripartite incuse. AMNG 34, BMC 38. TextImage
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SNGANS 45Akanthos, Macedonia. Circa 470-390 BC. AR Tetrobol. Forepart of bull left, head reverted; PE above / Granulated quadripartite incuse square. TextImage
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SNGANS 46Macedonia, Acanthus AR Tetrobol. ca 400-350 BC. Forepart of bull kneeling left, head reverted, PE above / Shallow quadripartite incuse. AMNG 34, BMC 38. TextImage
SNGANS 47Akanthos, Macedonia. Circa 470-390 BC. AR Tetrobol (2.31 gm). Forepart of bull; A above / Quadripartite incuse square. TextImage
SNGANS 51Akanthos, Macedonia. Circa 480 BC. AR Hemiobol. Bull's head right / Quadripartite incuse square. McClean 3131.Text
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SNGANS 51cfAkanthos, Macedonia. Circa 4th Century BC. AR Obol (or Hemiobol?). Head of bull right / Quadripartite incuse square with granulated pattern. TextImage
SNGANS 52Akanthos, Macedonia. Circa 470-390 BC. AR Obol (0.46 gm). Head of Apollo right / Lyre. TextImage
SNGANS 56Macedon, Acanthus. Late 3rd Century BC. AE 14mm. Helmeted head of Athena left / AKAN in four-part square. TextImage
SNGANS 59ffAcanthus, 510-480 BC, AR Trihemiobol. 1.033 grams. Goat right, head turned back; pellet above & in field to right / Shallow quadripartite incuse square. TextImage
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SNGANS 83Macedon, Amphipolis. Circa 410-357 BC. AR Tetrobol. Youthful male head right, hair bound with taenia / Fish within linear square. TextImage
SNG Ash 2202Macedonia, Acanthus AR Tetradrachm. After ca 475 BC. Lion right attacking bull kneeling left, bull's head reverted, Q above, floral ornament in exergue / Quadripartite incuse with raised, granular mound in each quarter. Desneux 75. TextImage
Unlisted 4obolAkanthos, Macedonia. Ca 470-390 BC. AR Tetrobol. Forepart of a bull left, head reverted; star above / Quadripartite granulated incuse square. TextImage
Sear #1369Acanthus, Macedon, AR Tetrobol. ca 400-350 BC. Forepart of bull left, head turned / Shallow quadripartite incuse square.
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See also: Desneux: Les tétradrachmes d’Akanthos. 118 pp, 38 plates, in French, from Rev. Num. Belgique. Free Download.

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