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Dies by Parmenides

Sale: CNG 78, Lot: 237. Estimate $7500. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 14 May 2008. 
Sold For $6000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

SICILY, Syracuse. Second Democracy. 466-405 BC. AR Tetradrachm (17.34 g, 11h). Reverse die signed by Parme(nides). Struck circa 415-405 BC. Charioteer driving fast quadriga left; above, Nike flying right, crowning charioteer; grain ear in exergue / Head of Arethusa left, hair in sakkos; three dolphins around, Π and signature ΠAPME below. Kreutzer Ib, 17 (this coin); Tudeer 77 (V27/R49); SNG ANS 287; SNG Lockett 976; SNG Ashmolean 203; SNG München 1065; Boston MFA 416; Jameson 836 (all from the same dies). Good VF, lightly toned, struck from worn obverse die, light scuff on cheek.

Ex LHS 95 (25 October 2005), lot 521.

None of the references mention the extra Π that appears before the signature on the reverse, but it is clearly there in all of their illustrations.