SICILY. Gela. Circa 450-440 BC.
Tetradrachm (Silver, 27 mm, 16.78 g, 6 h). Charioteer, holding reins with both hands and kentron in his right, driving slow quadriga to right; above, Nike flying right to crown the horses; in exergue, palmette with tendrils. Rev.
CΕΛΑ[Σ] Forepart of the river-god Gelas, in the form of a man-headed bull, to right. Boston MFA 247 (same dies
). Gulbenkian 198 (same dies
). Jenkins, Gela, 357.23 (this coin
, O69/R142). McClean 2255 (same dies
). Morgan 112 (this coin
). SNG ANS 66 (same obverse die
). Beautiful old collection toning. The obverse struck somewhat off center, otherwise,
about extremely fine.
From the collections of J. Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) and Prof. Carlo Stiavelli, Santamaria, 6 April 1908, 112, and ex J. Hirsch XV, 28 May 1906, 999.