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Sale: Triton V, Lot: 1223. Estimate $12500. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 16 January 2002. 
Sold For $12000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

SICILY, Syracuse. Circa 415-405 BC. Obverse die signed by Phrygillos, Reverse die signed by Euarkidas. AR Tetradrachm (16.96 gm). SVPA-KOSI-ON, head of Arethusa left wearing single-pendant earring, hair bound with ampyx and sphendone, FRU on ampyx, stars on sphendone; all surrounded by four dolphins swimming / Nike driving galloping quadriga right, holding torch in right hand, reins in both, Nike flying above crowning charioteer; grain ear in exergue, signature [EY]APXIÐA below horse's front hooves. Tudeer 55a (V19/R33) = Kraay-Hirmer 108 = Rizzo pl. xliii, 15 (this coin); SNG ANS 279 (same reverse die). Heavily toned, near EF, a few rough spots above the charioteer's head and some scratches behind the wheel. Very rare, only 2 specimens cited by Tudeer. ($12,500)

From the William N. Rudman Collection. Ex Dr. Peter M. Suter Collection (Münzen und Medaillen Auktion 89, 14 June 2000), lot 77; Numismatic Fine Arts Auction XII (23-24 March 1983), lot 23; Barone Pennisi di Floristella Collection.