Ancient Coins (9 April 2008)

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Date of Auction: 9th April 2008

Sold for £3,000

Estimate: £3,000 - £3,500

Sicily, Sicily, Syracuse, Tetradrachm, c. 460-440, charioteer driving walking quadriga right, holding kentron and reins, Nike flying above, crowning horses, ketos in exergue, rev. diademed head of Arethusa right with hair rolled and dressed in waves, wearing crescent and pendant ear-ring and necklace, four dolphins swimming clockwise around, 17.20g/1h (Boehringer 535.2, this coin; Evans, NC 1894, pl.vii, 2, this coin; Head, Coinage of Syracuse, pl.2, 9, this coin). Very fine and nicely toned, of fine classical style and very rare; only four specimens recorded by Boehringer (£3,000-3,500)

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Provenance:
Villabate Hoard (Palermo, Sicily), 1893
Sir Arthur Evans Collection
R. Jameson Collection
bt Spink