Estimate: 25'000 CHF
Starting price: 20'000 CHF
Price realized: 29'000 CHF
Tetradrachm signed by Eukleidas circa 405-400, AR 17.26 g. Fast quadriga driven l. by chiton-clad charioteer, holding kentron and reins; above, Nike flying r. to crown him. In exergue, dolphin to l. Rev. SU [- R - A - KO] - SIW - N Head of Arethusa l., hair bound with sphendone over which several tresses fly back. Around, four dolphins: two swimming l. downwards and two r., upwards. Below neck truncation, the signature EUKLEI on tablet. Rizzo pl. XLVIII, 14 (this coin). Jameson 807 (this coin). SNG ANS 295 (these dies). Tudeer 88h (this coin, the obverse illustrated on pl. V, 33).
Very rare and possibly the finest specimen known of this issue of superb style, work of
one of the most celebrated Sicilian master-engravers. Struck on a very broad flan
and unusually complete. Wonderful old cabinet tone and about extremely fine
Ex Hirsch XX, 1907, Hoskier, 161; Leu 36, 1985, 68, and New York XXX, 2013, 56 sales. From the Jameson collection.