Silver Tetradrachm from Syracuse - 485 BC

A deeply toned silver tetradrachm from Syracuse, one of the most influential coin types of the ancient world. An early example, from the reign of Tyrant Gelon I, circa 485 - 479 BC.

The obverse with a four horse chariot, the symbol of the Syracusan aristocracy. The heavyset horses are shown in near tandem, the back of the far horse's head just visible behind the foremost. The bearded charioteer leans forwards, wearing flowing drapery and holding the reins in his left hand and a goad in his right. The goddess of victory flies above, crowning the horses with a laurel wreath.

The reverse with the head of the water nymph Arethusa. The goddess is submerged in her fresh water spring, her hair tied back, sagging into a bunch by her neck and held in place with a pearl diadem. Four dolphins frame the scene as they roll and dive around her. The legend reading:

ΣΥΡΑΚΟΣΙΟΝ

"of the Syracusans"

Silver Tetradrachm from Syracuse - 485 BC. A deeply toned silver tetradrachm from Syracuse, one of the most influential coin types of the ancient world. An early example, from the reign of Tyrant Gelon I, circa 485 - 479 BC. The obverse with a four horse chariot, the symbol of the Syracusan aristocracy. The heavyset horses are shown in near tandem, the back of the far horse's head just visible behind the foremost. The bearded charioteer leans forwards, wearing flowing drapery and holding the reins in his left hand and a goad in his right. The goddess of victory flies above, crowning the horses with a laurel wreath. The reverse with the head of the water nymph Arethusa. The goddess is submerged in her fresh water spring, her hair tied back, sagging into a bunch by her neck and held in place with a pearl diadem. Four dolphins frame the scene as they roll and dive around her. The legend reading: ΣΥΡΑΚΟΣΙΟΝ "of the Syracusans"

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