John060167 Posted March 1 · Member Share Posted March 1 (edited) Hi again! Coming with a Leontinoi tetradrachm this time, a wet hair example! Sicily, Leontinoi AR tetradrachm, 24mm, 17.03g, 1h Struck 430-425BC, reverse die engraved by the leaf master Obv: Laureate head of Apollo facing left, with “wet hair” Rev: ΛΕΟΝΤΙΝΟΝ, Head of a lion with open jaws facing left, around, three barley grains and behind head, a laurel leaf SNG ANS 257 Video: https://imgur.com/a/qe2uWw8 What is interesting about this coin is that is was made by a die master sometimes called “maestro della foglia”, or the leaf master, who signed his dies with a leaf. He also apparently made dies for Katane too. The style of this piece is what attracted me for sure, so am happy to add it to my collection! Something also interesting is that this is a circulated “wet hair” Leontinoi tetradrachm. Almost all of the wet hair Leontinoi tetradrachms known today came from a hoard found in the 1980s, and they are all in mint state grades from what i hear (there are super forgeries made from the hoard coins-see how similar the genuine and fake coins are-only thing i can tell is the edges on fakes are smoother)-good thing mine is circulated so i have to worry less about this 🤣 Before that hoard, wet hair Leontinoi tetradrachms were extremely rare and always found in circulated conditions, which makes me wonder if this coin has an old provenance? Maybe someone familiar with the series could help? All i know is it has a Dr. Busso Peus provenance from 2004 and is also ex-Tom Cederlind. Please share your knowledge or your coins of Leontinoi, or whatever you wanna show! cheers! Edited March 1 by John060167 11 1 1 1 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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