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AM00492

Sicily, Syracuse, Silver Tetradrachm

Sicily, Syracuse (Deinomenid Tyranny, 485-466 B.C.), Silver Tetradrachm. Struck c. 485-483 B.C. Charioteer, wearing a long chiton and holding a kentron and the reins, driving a slow quadriga right, Nike flies above to crown the horses, rev. : ΣVRA - KOΣI - O - N, head of Arethusa facing right, her hair tied with a beaded fillet, and wearing an earring and a necklace, four dolphins swimming clockwise around, 17.00g., 12h (Boehringer 45 (V26/R29); Gillet 531 (this coin); Rizzo pl. XXXIV, 10 (this obverse die); D. Knoepfler, "La chronologie du monnayage de Syracuse sous les Deinoménides", SNR 71 (1992), pl. II, 13 (this coin)). Perfectly centred on a broad flan, deep old cabinet tone, a few old marks otherwise extremely fine, with a wonderful old pedigree.

Provenance:

Ex Ars Classica XVI, 1933, lot 651

Ex Nelson Bunker Hunt Collection, Sotheby's New York, 21 June 1990, lot 246

Ex Leu, Auction 81, 2001, lot 101

Ex Leu, Auction 102, 2008, lot 24

Ex Charles Gillet Collection

Ex Dr. Patrick Tan Collection

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