18 December 2022
SICILY. Syracuse. Second Democracy, 466-405 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 23 mm, 17.97 g, 12 h). Charioteer, holding reins in both hands and kentron in right, driving a quadriga rushing to left, about to turn, the head of third horse turned back to right; above, Nike flying right to crown the driver; in exergue, barley ear. Rev. ΣΥΡΑΚΟΣΙΩΝ Head of Arethusa to left, wearing ampyx and sphendone decorated with stars, double-spiral earring and simple necklace with a large pearl pendant; in the field to left, two dolphins, one swimming downwards and one upwards; to right, behind Arethusa's neck, dolphin swimming downwards; below neck truncation, a fourth dolphin swimming right. BMC 211 (same dies). Tudeer 74, dies 26/51. SNG ANS 284 (same dies). Lightly toned and of fine styl. Soft scrapes on the reverse, otherwise, very fine.