Syracuse. Deinomenid Tyranny, 485-466 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 25.5 mm, 17.21 g, 10 h), c. 480-475. Bearded male charioteer, wearing a long chiton and holding a goad in his right hand and the reins in both, driving a walking quadriga to right; above Nike flying right to crown the horses. Rev. ΣVRΑΚΟΣΙΟΝ (the R is upside down) Head of Arethusa to right, wearing necklace and pearl diadem, and with her hair tied in a krobylos that is bound up and falls over her diadem; around, four dolphins swimming clockwise. Boehringer 199.2 (this coin). Du Chastel 56. Nanteuil 324 (this coin). Rare. Very attractively toned, a splendid piece of fine late Archaic style. Extremely fine.
From a Swiss collection, and from that of Dr. R. Maly, LHS 100, 23 April 2007, 180, ex Hess 249, 13 November 1979, 98 and from the collections of H. de Nanteuil, H. Smith, Sotheby, Wilson & Hodge 20 April 1909, 52 and G. de Ciccio, Sambon-Canessa 19 December 1907, 295.
|Price realized||16'000 CHF|
|Starting price||10'000 CHF|