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Lot 23

Estimate: 12'500 CHF   |   Starting price: 12'500 CHF Price realized: 10'000 CHF
SICILY. SYRACUSE. Tetradrachm, signed by the master engraver Par(menides), about 405 BC. AR 16.88 g. Fast quadriga l., loose rein draging below the third horse; the driver, wearing sleeveless chiton, holding the reins and the kentron with his l. hand, his r. hand raised; he is crowned by Nike flying r.; in exergue, ear of corn l. Rev. ΣYPAKOΣIΩN Head of Arethusa l., wearing ampyx and spendone decorated with stars, triple pendant earring and necklace; two dolphins in front of the face, a third one behind the head, a fourth one emerging from under the neck truncation; below, artist's signature ΓAP; around, linear circle, all within incuse round. SNG ANS 287 (these dies); Tudeer 54, 77 (these dies).

Very rare. Masterwork from the peak of Syracusan coin engraving. Extremely fine

Provenance: Auction 51 Gallery, Brussels, 17 June 2016, 26.

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