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Sicily, Syracuse, AE Hemilitron, Arethusa, Style of Kimon, 405 BC

£ 237.35

Origin:
Sicily, Syracuse
Authority:
Time of Dionysios I
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; all within linear border
Reverse:
wheel of four spokes; in the lower quarters, two dolphins; ΣY−PA in the upper quarters
Size:
15.4mm, 2.851g, 6h
Grade:
VF, very rare, Arethusa portrait is of the finest style , well centred, nice brown toning, reverse not fully struck, some grainy surfaces
Provenance:
ex FORVM Ancient Coins (July 2017)
Reference:
Calciati II 45, 19 fr 1; HGC 2 1479; SNG ANS -; SNG Cop -; SNG Munchen -; BMC Sicily -; SGCV I -
Special Information:
The finest style, an exemplary example of the numismatic art for which Syracuse is famous.
This coin is struck from a die of the finest style, possibly struck by the dies of one of the famous master-engravers. We know the master-engravers of Syracuse from their signatures on the gold and silver masterpieces. These master-engravers sometimes signed their bronze dies too. The obverse die of this coin closely matches the style of the Kimon signed die in Calciati however it is unsigned and has a necklace which does not appear on the Kimon signed die for this type.
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