Last week, William Todd wrote:
Below is a photo of a 1917 cast iron medal by the Hungarian-born Munich medallist Elisabeth von Esseö (also spelled Essoe, as on this medal)
in my collection. The image of these fighting lions is reminiscent of an ancient (Hellenistic?) coin, but thus far my online searches have failed to
discover an original which she may have used as a source.
I would be grateful if any reader familiar with Classical numismatics could provide a photo, or link to a photo, of such an image along with
Deven Melton writes:
The ancient coin that inspired the pictured 1917 medal was likely a Acanthus Tetradrachm. Here's a link of sold HERITAGE lots.
MACEDON. Acanthus. Ca. 520-470 BC. AR tetradrachm (26mm, 17.28 gm). Bull with head raised crouching to right, attacked by lion, leaping left on
his back; Acanthus flower in exergue / Quadripartite incuse square. J. Desnaux, Les tétradrachmes de Akanthus, cf. pl. VI, 14. Boston 516.
To view the lot descriptions, see:
OK. That's lion vs. bull, but is there a coin with a lion vs another lion? Ron Haller-Williams submitted a number of links (too many to
publish here). He came up with some lion vs. bull designs as well, but he hasn't found a lion-on-lion design, either. Here's one of his other
Lion vs. Tiger: The Seringapatam Gold Medal
To read the complete article, see:
Tipu Sultan and the Seringapatam Medal
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
NOTES FROM E-SYLUM READERS: FEBRUARY 17, 2019 : Query: Ancient Coin Source for 1917
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