Sicily, Syracuse, Deinomenid Tyranny, Time of Hieron I, AR Tetradrachm, Arethusa, 480-475 BC
Ruler/Emperor:
Deinomenid Tyranny, struck under Under Hieron I
City/Region:
Sicily, Syracuse
Denomination:
Tetradrachm
Composition:
Silver
Date:
480-475 BC
Obverse:
Charioteer, holding kentron and reins, driving slow quadriga right; above, Nike flying right, crowning horses
Reverse:
ΣVRA-KOΣI-ON, large head of Artemis-Arethusa right, hair slightly waved and turned up behind under diadem of beads; four dolphins around
Size:
23.60mm, 17.1g, 10h
Grade:
VF, well centred, renmant of casting sprue used to prepare flan in ancient times, light porosity, toned
Provenance:
ex H.D. Rauch eAuction 24 (29 September 2017), Lot 24
References:
Boehringer 247 var. (V111 / R- [unlisted rev. Die]); Classical Numismatic Group eAuction 377, Lot 10 (same dies); HGC 2, 1307; cf. SGCV I 914; SNG ANS -; SNG Copenhagen -; Randazzo -; Weber -

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An attractive example of classical numismatic art at its finest. The die-engravers of Sicily, Syracuse were responsible for the finest art to found on a coin, whether by ancient or modern standards. Such coins are coveted by collectors and unsurprisingly fall outside what is affordable to many collectors.

The Deinomenid tyrants ruled Sicily, Syracuse from 485-465 BC. The tyrant rulers comprised the brothers Gelon I (ruled 485 BC-478 BC), Hieron I (478 BC-466 BC) and Thrasybulus (466 BC-465 BC), all sons of Deinomenes. Legend has it that Deinomenes was told by an oracle that each of his sons were destined to become tyrants.