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SICILY, Panormos (as Ziz). Circa 336-330 BC. AR Tetradrachm (26.5mm, 17.11 g, 11h). Charioteer, holding kentron in extended right hand, reins in left, driving fast quadriga left; above, Nike, wearing long chiton, flying right, crowning charioteer with wreath she holds with both hands; Sign of Tanit before charioteer; in exergue, swan flying left / Head of Arethousa right, wearing ampyx, single-pendant earring, and necklace; four dolphins swimming around. Jenkins, Punic 39 (O10’/R33); CNP 348a (this coin referenced); HGC 2, 1013 corr. (Jenkins ref., Sign of Tanit not noted for some); Jameson 730 (same dies); Weber 1476 (same dies). Toned, minor die wear on obverse. Good VF.

Ex Goldberg 70 (2 September 2012), lot 3031; Gorny & Mosch 134 (11 October 2004), lot 1134.

There is little doubt that the engravers of the fourth century Punic tetradrachms were imitating the famous Syracusan masters Euainetos and Kimon. The engraver of the dies used for the present coin was certainly a master himself; his work is nearly identical to the style found on the dekadrachms of Euainetos, particularly the issues that have the shell behind the neck of Arethousa. While many of the Punic issues are quite stylized, the naturalistic representation presented here is clearly the work of a superior artist.