SICILY. Syracuse. Dionysios I, 405-367 BC. Dekadrachm (Silver, 37 mm, 41.05 g, 1 h), circa 405-400. Charioteer driving quadriga galloping to left, holding kentron in his right hand and reins in his left; above, Nike flying right, crowning the charioteer with a wreath; in exergue, on two slightly raised lines, shield, pair of greaves, cuirass and crested Attic helmet; below, [ΑΘΛΑ]. Rev. ΣΥ-ΡΑ-Κ-Ο-ΣΙΩΝ Head of Arethusa to left, wearing wreath of reeds, triple-pendant earring and pearl necklace; around, four dolphins; in field to right, scallop shell. Dewing 904-906 (same obverse die). Gallatin R.XI/F.II. Pozzi 614 (same obverse die). Rhousopoulos 430 (same dies). SNG Copenhagen 691 (same obverse die). Nicely toned. Somewhat rough and with some horn silver and cleaning scratches, otherwise, very fine.
From the collection of Regierungsrat Dr. iur. Hans Krähenbühl, privately acquired from Bank Leu on 28 June 1972 (with a photocopy of the original invoice enclosed).