14mm Ancient Coin with Lion


This coin from the Greek colony of Cherronesos is the single most common of all early lion coins, it features on the obverse the forepart of a lion with tongue sticking out and looking backward, and on the reverse a four-part (quadripartite) incuse square consisting of two raised quarters and two lowered quarters. 

The lion’s curving body, tucked-in front paws, and head turned completely backward are abstracted renditions of reality that permit the design to aesthetically, and strikingly, follow the curvature of the coin. With well-preserved specimens the lion’s mane is marvelously detailed, despite the coins’ small size, and the lion’s body is clearly demarcated into chest, midsection, and hind quarters. 

  • 28mm, 16.5gram authenticated ancient coin
  • 138-137 BC
  • AR New Style Tetradrachm
  • Origin: Athens, Attica
  • Set in a 22k yellow gold bezel, hand made in Bali
  • 24inch, 18k yellow gold cable chain, made in Italy
  • Certificate of authenticity & appraisal provided
  • Price includes chain, message us to choose another

While in some instances these items can be special ordered, they will vary in patina, size, texture, and rarity. Each coin in our collection is one of a kind.