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Sale: Nomos 5, Lot: 121. Estimate CHF10000. 
Closing Date: Monday, 24 October 2011. 
Sold For CHF11000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

SICILY, Syracuse. Deinomenid Tyranny. 485-466 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 17.07 g 8), c. 483-480. Bearded charioteer driving quadriga walking to left; above, Nike flying left to crown the horses. Rev. ΣVRΑΚΟΣΙΟΝ Diademed head of Arethusa to right, her hair tied in a krobylos; around, four dolphins swimming to right. Boehringer 76. Dewing 696. Jameson 747. Randazzo 246. SNG ANS 19 (all same dies). Rare. Toned and of lovely late Archaic style. Nearly extremely fine.

From a European collection, bought in the 1980s.

This coin bears one of the finer heads of Arethusa to appear in the years before the Demarteion issue and was produced soon after Gelon I captured Syracuse.