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Lot 77





Estimate: 2'000 GBP   |   Starting price: 1'750 GBP Price realized: 3'000 GBP
Sicily, Messana, Tetradrachm, ca. 425-396 BC; AR (g 17,17; mm 27; h 10); Charioteer driving biga of mules l.; above, Nike flying r., holding wreath and kerykeion; in ex. fish to l., Rv. MESSANIΩN, hare springing l.; below, eagle with closed wings on rock, devouring snake. Caltabiano 627; Rizzo pl. XXVII. 9 (this reverse die). Gulbenkian 226 (these dies). Kraay-Hirmer pl. 19, 59 (these dies). SNG ANS 381 (these dies).
Very rare, a masterpiece of superb style and work of an otherwise unknown master-engraver. Struck on a very broad flan and perfectly centred, old cabinet tone and about extremely fine.

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