SICILY. Syracuse. Dionysios I, 405-367 BC.
Tetradrachm (Silver, 24 mm, 17.32 g, 6 h), circa 405-395. Charioteer driving fast quadriga to left, holding kentron in his right hand and reins in both; above, Nike flying right, crowning charioteer with wreath held in both hands; below horses' forelegs, ivy leaf; in exergue, grain ear to left. Rev.
[ΣYPAKOΣIΩ]-N Head of Arethousa to left, her hair bound with sphendone, wearing double-loop earring and plain necklace with frontal pendant; around, four dolphins. Fischer-Bossert, Coins, 82n = Tudeer 82n (this coin
, V30/R55). Jameson 1923 (this coin
). McClean 2718 (same dies
). Rizzo pl. XLVIII, 12 (same dies
). SNG ANS 290 (same dies
). SNG Oxford 2005 (same dies
). Fresh and clear, and with an exceptionally fine head of Arethousa and a very old pedigree. Struck from a worn obverse die and with minor flan faults on the reverse, otherwise,
nearly extremely fine.
From the T. Frisbie Collection, privately acquired from Edward J. Waddell, from the collections of R. Jameson (1861-1942) and Ignazio Virzi (1852-1907), Hirsch XXXII 14-15 November 1912, 339 ('Prachtexemplar, von grosser Seltenheit'), and from the 1908 Noto (Falconera) Hoard (IGCH 2103).