31 Imperial Rd
t: +44 (0)20 3621 0816
The obverse with a four-horse chariot, the charioteer pulling at the reins with one hand, holding a crop in the other, with Nike, the goddess of victory, descending from the skies above. The reverse with the head of the water nymph Arethusa, patron deity of Syracuse. The legend reads:
"Of the Syracusans”.
The nymph’s hair, swept back and held in place with a diadem, her beaded necklace and choker, as well as her angular profile in the finest Late Archaic style, all identify the coin as struck from dies attributed to one of the first and most famous masters of the Syracuse mint, the "Master of the Large Arethusa Head".
Weight: 17.15 g
Diameter: 25.35 mm
Ex. Adolph Hess AG & Bank Leu AG, Switzerland. Auction 36, 17 April 1968, lot 80
Subsequently Numismatica Ars Classica & Spink Taisei Numismatics, Switzerland. Auction 51, 1 June 1994, lot 34
Subsequently in a French private collection, with French export licence.
T: +44(0)20 3621 0816
Alternatively, please fill out the form below.