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Lot # 14 - Auction is closed.Estimate: US$18000 / Price Realized: US$11200
Sicily. Syracuse. Hieron I. Tetradrachm
Sicily. Syracuse. Hieron I. c. 474-450 BC. Tetradrachm, 17.33g. (3h). Obv: Charioteer driving walking quadriga right, holding kentron and reins; Nike above, crowning horses, ketos in exergue. Rx: Head of Arethusa right, wearing earring and necklace, hair tied with pearl headband; VR and four dolphins around. Boehringer 412. This is one of the most beautiful early tetradrachms of Syracuse we have ever handled. It is breathtaking to look at. If anyone is collecting the finest possible this coin would have no replacement. Light golden toning over luster. Near Mint State.

Ex Heritage 3037, 4 January 2015. Ex Roma 6, 29 September 2013, lot 443. Ex CNG Classical Numismatic Review 22.

Exquisite late-archaic style, displaying an unmistakable affinity with the style of the renowned Demareteion decadrachm, which was issued around the same time, in the closing years of the Deinomenid Tyranny.
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