SICILY. Syracuse. Dionysios I, 405-367 BC. Dekadrachm (Silver, 37 mm, 42.57 g, 10 h), after Euainetos, circa 390. Charioteer, wearing long chiton, holding goad in his right hand and the reins in his left, driving a racing quadriga to left; above, Nike flying right to crown the charioteer; in the exergue on two steps, a panoply of arms. Rev. ΣΥΡΑΚΟΣΙΩΝ Head of Kore-Persephone to left, her hair bound in a wreath of grain leaves, wearing a pearl necklace and a triple pendant earring; behind her neck, scallop shell; around, four dolphins. Dewing 903-906. Gallatin XI/E 1. SNG ANS 372. Lightly toned and sharply struck, and lacking the heavy die rust often seen on this issue. Minor roughness, otherwise, extremely fine.
From a collection formed prior to World War II - primarily from auction purchases (often from Hirsch), but also through private treaty sales.
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