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Sicily, Syracuse, Deinomenid Tyrrany, Time of Hieron I, 478-466 BC, AR Tetradrachm, Arethusa, struck c. 480-475 BC

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Information: 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.
Origin: Sicily, Syracuse
Authority: Deinomenid Tyranny, struck under Under Hieron I
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 -
General: 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.
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