SICILY. Syracuse. Dionysios I, 405-367 BC. Dekadrachm (Silver, 34 mm, 42.99 g, 11 h), signed by Euainetos, circa 405-400. Charioteer driving quadriga galloping to left, holding the reins with his left hand and kentron in his right; above, Nike flying right, crowning the charioteer with a wreath; in exergue, on two slightly raised lines, shield, pair of greaves, cuirass and crested helmet; below, [ΑΘΛΑ]. Rev. ΣΥΡΑΚΟΣΙΩΝ / Δ Head of Arethusa to left, wearing wreath of reeds, triple-pendant earring and pearl necklace; around, four dolphins; below the dolphin swimming under Arethusa's neck, signature [Ε]Υ[ΑΙΝΕ]. Dewing 902 (same dies). Gallatin O. XI-R.D. I. Pozzi 614 (same dies). Rizzo pl. LIV, 4 (same dies). A beautifully struck coin, free from the usual heavy obverse die rust and with attractive old collection toning. Very light die rust on the reverse, otherwise, extremely fine.
Ex H. J. Berk 112, 13 January 2000, 135.