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Sale: Triton VII, Lot: 54. Estimate $7500. 
Closing Date: Monday, 12 January 2004. 
Sold For $6500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

SICILY, Katana. Circa 415-410 BC. AR Tetradrachm (17.02 gm). Dies by the Maestro della foglia. Charioteer driving walking quadriga right, holding kentron in left hand, reins in both; Nike flying right above, placing a wreath on horses, bird (or thunderbolt?) flying right in exergue / K[ATANA]ION, laureate head of Apollo left; olive leaf with two olives behind. SNG ANS 1255 (same dies); SNG Lloyd -; SNG Copenhagen -; cf. Gulbenkian 184; Rizzo pl. XII, 1 (same dies-later die states with evidence of re-cutting). Good VF, broad flan. Rare. ($7500)

The "Master of the Leaf" is the term that Rizzo coined to describe the work of the master engraver who began the transformation of Katanan coin design, translating the latest styles of Greek sculpture into engraved dies. The driver and horses come alive, as if they truly are trying to win the race, rather than static posing. The face of Apollo begins to carry a hint of a bemused expression, and his locks of hair become more unruly. Over the course of the next decade the successors to the master, Euainetos, Herakleidas, and Choirion, would produce their own unrivaled masterpieces.