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ID:     12912
Type:     Greek
Region:     SICILY
City:     Syracuse
Issuer:     Dionysius I
Date Ruled:     405-367 BC
Metal:     Silver
Denomination:     Dekadrachm
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     404-400 BC
Diameter:     37 mm
Weight:     42.41 g
Die Axis:     5 h
Obverse Legend:     ΑΘΛΑ
Obverse Description:     Quadriga galloping to left, driven by a female charioteer who leans forward, with a kentron in her right hand and the reins in her left; above left, Nike flying right to crown the driver; in exergue below, panoply of arms on pedestal inscribed with ΑΘΛΑ
Reverse Legend:     ΣΥΡΑΚΟΣΙΩ
Reverse Description:     Head of Arethusa to left, her hair bound in an ampyx with a net behind, and wearing a pendant earring and a pearl necklace; around her head, four dolphins: two swimming towards each other before, one swimming downwards behind, and one nestling under the neck truncation
Primary Reference:     C. Seltman, Greek Coins, pl. XXIV, 1
Reference2:     Gulbenkian 307-308 (same dies)
Reference3:     Jongkees 11 f (this coin)
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Price Sold For:     250000 USD
Grade:     aEF
Notes:     (1) an unsigned work by Kimon, c. 404-400. (2) Classical Numismatic Group Nomos AG 2013 List: Lot No. 6 (3) From the collections of the Countess de Béhague, Vinchon 14 April 1984, 50 and of Lord Rothschild, SWH 28 May 1900, 151, ex Hamburger, 2 April 1894, 220.