BRUTTIUM. Rhegion. Circa 415/0-387 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 25 mm, 16.66 g, 6 h), reverse die signed by Kratesippos. Facing head of a lion. Rev. ΡHΓINOΣ Laureate head of Apollo to right; behind, olive sprig; before, in small letters, KPATE/OΠΠIΣ. BMC 26 (same dies). Herzfelder 64d (this coin, D36b/R53). HN Italy 2494. Jameson 460 (same dies). Beautifully toned and with a fine pedigree. Somewhat rough and with minor die breaks on the obverse, otherwise, good very fine.
From the collection of Regierungsrat Dr. iur. Hans Krähenbühl, privately acquired from Münzen & Medaillen AG on 31 May 1974 (with photocopies of the original invoice and correspondence between Dr. Hans Voegtli and Dr. Hans Krähenbühl regarding the acquisition of this coin enclosed), and from the collection of C. Gillet ('Kunstfreund'), photofile no. 315.
The high Classical tetradrachms from Rhegion are among the most impressive coins struck in Magna Graecia: they combine the finest Greek style with an exceptionally high relief on the city's coat of arms, the facing head of a lion. On the reverse of this particular example, the beautiful image of Apollo is accompanied by the signature of the master engraver Kratesippos.