SICILY. Syracuse. Second Democracy, 466-405 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 25 mm, 17.22 g, 6 h), signed by the engravers Euainetos on the obverse and Eukleidas on the reverse, circa 410. Quadriga galloping to right with its driver holding the reins with both hands and a goad in his right; above, Nike flying to left, holding a wreath held in both hands to crown the charioteer; in the exergue, wheel; on the exergual line, in tiny letters, EYAINETO. Rev. ΣΥΡΑΚΟΣΙOΣ Head of Arethusa to left, her hair bound tightly around her head, wearing a double-curved earring and a simple necklace with a pendant; around head, four dolphins swimming, two clockwise, and two anticlockwise; on lower part of sakkos, EYKΛEI in small letters. BMC 190 (same dies). Burlington Fine Arts Club, Exhibition of Ancient Greek Art, London 1904, pl CIII, 230 = Hill, J. Ward, Greek Coins and their Parent Cities, 1902, 282 (this coin). SNG ANS 266 (same dies). Tudeer (FB) 37v (V12/R23 this coin). Nicely toned, clear and attractive, with an impressive pedigree. Die break on the reverse, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 16000 CHF
Estimate: 5000 CHF