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“You have often heard that the city of Syracuse is the greatest of the Greek cities, and the most beautiful of all. It is so, O Judges, as it is said to be.”

Cicero (106-43 BC), Against Verres II.4.117
Syracuse silver tetradrachm
£10,700
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“You have often heard that the city of Syracuse is the greatest of the Greek cities, and the most beautiful of all. It is so, O Judges, as it is said to be.”

Cicero (106-43 BC), Against Verres II.4.117
Syracuse silver tetradrachm
£10,700
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Syracuse silver tetradrachm

Circa 490-485 BC

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:

ΣΥΡΑΚΟΣΙΟΝ 

"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

Provenance:

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.

£10,700

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