Deinomenid Tyranny, struck under Under Hieron I
Charioteer, holding kentron and reins, driving slow quadriga right; above, Nike flying right, crowning horses
ΣVRA-KOΣI-ON, large head of Artemis-Arethusa right, hair slightly waved and turned up behind under diadem of beads; four dolphins around
23.60mm, 17.1g, 10h
VF, well centred, renmant of casting sprue used to prepare flan in ancient times, light porosity, toned
ex H.D. Rauch eAuction 24 (29 September 2017), Lot 24
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.