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Sale: Triton V, Lot: 1161. Estimate $7500. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 16 January 2002. 
Sold For $6000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

SICILY, Akragas. Circa 409-406 BC. AR Tetradrachm (17.46 gm). AKRAGANT[I-NON] in exergue, Nike driving galloping quadriga left, holding kentron in left hand, reins in both; grapevine with grapes above / STRATWN, two eagles standing left clutching at dead hare, the closest eagle with wings closed and head raised, the furthest eagle with spread wings and its head down; head of a young horned river-god above front eagle's tail. Seltman, "The Engravers of the Akragantine Decadrachms", NumChron 1948, pg. 4, 12 (H/l); Jameson 511 (same dies); Rizzo pl. 3, 1 (same dies); Dewing 564 (same dies); Gulbenkian 169 (same obverse die). Good VF, somewhat uneven strike, wonderfully engraved dies. A masterpiece of Greek art. ($7500)

From the William N. Rudman Collection. Ex Dieter Gorny Auktion 102 (24 May 2000), lot 50; Busso Peus Auktion 348 (2-4 May 1996), lot 32; Numismatica Ars Classica Auction 5 (25 February 1992), lot 50 (realized 28,000 Sfr).

The reverse seems to portray the close of a race, with the winning chariot being drawn to a halt. Straton, signing the obverse more obtrusively than any other die-engraver would dare, would be a magistrate, as is Silanos in parallel issues; see the following two coins.