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CNG Feature Auction 114

Lot nuber 66

SICILY, Syracuse. Dionysios I. 405-367 BC. AV 20 Litrai – Tetradrachm (11mm, 1.15 g, 8h). Struck circa 405-400 BC.

CNG Feature Auction 114
Lot: 66.
 Estimated: $ 2 000

Greek, Gold

Sold For $ 3 500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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SICILY, Syracuse. Dionysios I. 405-367 BC. AV 20 Litrai – Tetradrachm (11mm, 1.15 g, 8h). Struck circa 405-400 BC. Head of Herakles left, wearing lion skin / Quadripartite incuse square, ethnic in quarters; in deeper incuse circle in center, small female head (Arethousa?) left, wearing necklace. Bérend pl. XI, 3; Boehringer, Münzprägungen, pl. I, 6; HGC 2, 1289; Adams I 11 (this coin). Toned, a little die wear. EF.

Ex Dr. Lawrence A. Adams Collection (Part I, Classical Numismatic Group 100, 7 October 2015), lot 11, purchased from Classical Numismatic Group, November 1996 (CNG Inventory 94426); Campana Collection (Sternberg XXXI, 27 October 1996), lot 720.

The reverse of this gold coinage is a revival of the reverses used on the earliest tetradrachms of Syracuse (cf. Boehringer Group I). G.K. Jenkins suggested that this revival indicated an equivalence between this gold denomination and a silver tetradrachm (see Jenkins, Gela, p. 99).

The final winners of all CNG Feature Auction 114 lots will be determined during the live online sale that will be held on 13-14 May 2020. This lot is in Session 1, which begins 13 May 2020 at 9 AM ET.

UPDATE: As the CNG staff and many of our clients remain under social distancing and other restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CNG 114 will be held as an internet only auction. The sale will take place as scheduled on 13-14 May 2020.

Winning bids are subject to a 20% buyer's fee for bids placed on this website and 22.50% for all others.

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