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Research Coins: Feature Auction

 
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Sale: Triton V, Lot: 1218. Estimate $12500. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 16 January 2002. 
Sold For $12000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

SICILY, Syracuse. Circa 440-430 BC. AR Tetradrachm (17.18 gm). Charioteer driving walking quadriga left, holding kentron in right hand, reins in both; Nike flying above crowning horses; ketos swimming left in exergue / S-YPAKOSION, head of Arethusa right wearing earrings and necklace with pendant, hair tied with two hair bands, surrounded by four dolphins swimming clockwise. Boehringer 596 (V294/R402); SNG ANS 194 (same dies); SNG Lockett 947 (same dies); Kraay-Hirmer pl. 30, 89 (reverse die illustrated). EF. Rare and one of the finest dies in the entire Syracusan series. ($12,500)

Ex Triton I (2-3 December 1997), lot 321.

This magnificent specimen from the sixth decade of the fifth century is a fine rendering in the classical 'severe' style, which saw at Syracuse a bewildering number of variations on the basic theme of the glamorous divine water nymphs.