A Rare and Exceptional Greek Silver Tetradrachm of Syracuse (Sicily), Struck Under Dionysios I, Attributed to the Famed Engraver of the Syracusan Dekadrachms, Kimon
Sicily, Syracuse, Dionysios I (c.405-367 B.C.), Silver Tetradrachm, 17.32g, 1h. Unsigned but attributed to Kimon, struck c.405-400 B.C. Charioteer, wearing a long chiton and holding a kentron and the reins, driving a fast quadriga left, Nike flies above to right to crown the charioteer, a dolphin to left in the exergue. Rev. Σ YPA[KO Σ IΩ] , head of Arethusa facing left, her hair held with an ampyx and in a sakkos, and wearing an earring and a necklace, four dolphins swimming around (Tudeer 105 (V36/R72); Gulbenkian 299 (these dies); Rizzo, pl. XLVIII, 17 (these dies); SNG Lockett 3519 (these dies); SNG Lloyd 1409 (these dies); BMC 207 (these dies); Boston 442 (these dies)). The obverse die a little worn, otherwise nearly extremely fine, of superb style and with a wonderful old cabinet tone. Very rare, a masterpiece of great elegance. Ex Bank Leu AG, Auction 42, Zurich, 12 May 1987, lot 128 This tetradrachm possesses all of the breathtaking beauty of the celebrated dekadrachms of Kimon. The style of this coin fits between the early and late periods of Kimon’s dekadrachm production.