Silver Tetradrachm from Syracuse - 485 BC

A silver tetradrachm from Syracuse, minted during the reign of Tyrant Gelon I, circa 485 - 479 BC.

The obverse with a four horse chariot, the symbol of the Syracusan aristocracy. The charioteer holding the reins and leaning forwards, the goddess of victory flies above, crowning the horses with a laurel wreath.

The reverse with the head of Arethusa, her hair tied back and bound by a pearl diadem, four dolphins swim around her. The inscription reading:

ΣΥΡΑΚΟΣΙΟΝ

"of the Syracusans"

Silver Tetradrachm from Syracuse - 485 BC. A silver tetradrachm from Syracuse, minted during the reign of Tyrant Gelon I, circa 485 - 479 BC. The obverse with a four horse chariot, the symbol of the Syracusan aristocracy. The charioteer holding the reins and leaning forwards, the goddess of victory flies above, crowning the horses with a laurel wreath. The reverse with the head of Arethusa, her hair tied back and bound by a pearl diadem, four dolphins swim around her. The inscription reading: ΣΥΡΑΚΟΣΙΟΝ "of the Syracusans"

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