Sicily, Syracuse, AE Hemilitron, Arethusa, 405 BC
Ruler/Emperor:
Time of Dionysios I
City/Region:
Sicily, Syracuse
Denomination:
AE Hemilitron
Composition:
Bronze
Date:
Ca. 405 BC
Obverse:
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
Reverse:
wheel of four spokes; in the lower quarters, two dolphins; ΣΥ-P[A] in the upper quarters
Size:
15.40mm, 4.0g, 1 h
Grade:
aEF, fine style, boldly struck, high relief, tight flan, reverse slightly off-centre, smooth surfaces, dark brown patina
Provenance:
ex Triskeles Auction 21 (29 September 2017), Lot 21
References:
SNG ANS 411; BMC Sicily [Syracuse] p. 182, 243-246; HGC 2 1479; SGCV I 1186; cf. SNG Cop 696

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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.