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Sale: Triton V, Lot: 1180.
Closing Date: Wednesday, 16 January 2002. 
Sold For $2300. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

SICILY, Katana. Circa 435-425 BC. AR Tetradrachm (17.07 gm). Charioteer driving racing quadriga right, holding long kentron in right hand, reins in left; Nike flying above placing a wreath on horses / KATANAION, laureate head of Apollo right; parsley leaf behind. SNG ANS 1256 (same dies); Rizzo pl. 11, 16 (same dies); Gulbenkian 185 (same dies); Jameson 541 (same dies). Lightly toned, nice VF. Choice flan. Rare. ($3000)

From the William N. Rudman Collection.

About the middle of the 5th century the design of the Katanian tetradrachms underwent a radical change with the introduction of a racing chariot on obverse and a head of Apollo on reverse. Except for important stylistic developments these types were to remain basically unchanged down to the time of the capture of the city in 404 BC by Dionysios, tyrant of Syracuse, who sold the population into slavery. This example depicts the horses of the victorious team being crowned by a flying Nike at the completion of the chariot.