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Lot 79

Estimate: 4'000 USD   |   Starting price: 3'200 USD Price realized: 6'000 USD
Sicily. Syracuse. Tetradrachm.
c. 405-395 BC. Tetradrachm, 16.12gg (2h). Obv: Charioteer driving galloping quadriga left, holding goad in right hand, reins in both; Nike flying right above, crowning charioteer; dolphin swimming left in exergue. Rx: ΣYP-A-KO-[Σ]I-ΩN, head of Arethusa left wearing double looped earrings and a necklace with a small pendant, large band in hair from under which hair flows upward and backward in flame-like locks (meant to depict her beneath the water), surrounded by four swimming dolphins. Tudeer 103 (V35/R70). SNG ANS 300 (same obverse die). SNG Lloyd 1407 (same obverse die). SNG Copenhagen 682. Jameson 809 (same obverse die). Ex Berk 137, 31 March 2004, lot 77. Ex Triton VII, 12 January 2004, lot 93. This beautiful issue reminds us that Syracuse was originally located on an island, since Arethusa's hair is shown lifted by water Normally the hair of Arethusa is somewhat cut short by centering, this coin is perfectly centered showing not only all four dolphins, but also all of her hair. aEF/EF.

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