Time of Dionysios I
Ca. 405 BC
head of nymph Arethusa facing left, hair bound with ampyx and sphendone, wearing hoop earring and wire necklace, dolphin to right?; all within linear border
wheel of four spokes; in the lower quarters, two dolphins; ΣΥ-P[A] in the upper quarters
15.40mm, 4.0g, 1 h
aEF, fine style, boldly struck, high relief, tight flan, reverse slightly off-centre, smooth surfaces, dark brown patina
ex Triskeles Auction 21 (29 September 2017), Lot 21
An exemplary example of the numismatic art for which Syracuse is famous for.
The obverse of this coin shares the same style and die-axis as SNG ANS 411 (but not the same die). The die was struck on a tight flan so regretfully we are unable to see the complete symbol to the right of Arethusa. Based on what is visible, it is very likely a dolphin.