Ancient Greek Syracuse Sicily Silver Tetradrachm Coin - 485 Bc For Sale
An ancient Greek silvertetradrachm from Syracuse, Sicily. Struckcirca 485 - 466 B.C.
The obversewithcharioteer, wearing a long chiton and holdingreins in his left, driving a slow quadriga (four horse chariot) right, Nike is shown flying above crowning horses with wreath.
The reverse with the head of the nymph, Arethusa facing right, her hair tied back and bound with apearl-diadem, four dolphins swimming clockwise around. The legend reading:
Syracusan coinage of thistypeis perhaps the most beautiful, iconic, inlfuential and enduring of any coin type from any time. These wonderul examples of the die engravers art chart the evolution from the archaic rigidity of the early 5th Century to the free, unrestricted beauty of the Classical era,demonstrated on the coinage by master artists such as Kimon and Euainetos. These types went on to influence the coinage of many other important colonies and cities such as Rhodes, Carthage and Thessaly to name but three.
The obverse shows the water nymph, Arethusa the patron of Syracuse who was transformed into a fresh water spring emerging in the city. The dolphins swimming around her were a common sight off the Sicilian coast.
Weight: 17.30 g.
Ex British private collection.
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