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   View Categories Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Geographic - All Periods| > |Sicily| > |Gela| > SH05156
Gela, Sicily, 450 - 440 B.C.
|Gela|, |Gela,| |Sicily,| |450| |-| |440| |B.C.|, The obverse of commemorates the tyrant Gelon's victory in the chariot race at the Olympic Games of 488 B.C. Three years later, Gelon seized Syracuse and charioteer type was adopted there. For many years the same charioteer motif was used at many Sicillian cities even after its intial significance may have been forgotten. -- "Coinage of Olympic Proportions" by David R. Sear, published in Numismatist
SH05156. Silver tetradrachm, SNG ANS 4/II 66, F/VF, weight 17.2g, maximum diameter 28.4mm, die axis 225o, obverse quadriga walking right guided by charioteer in long chiton, above Nike flying right crowning horses, palmette and tendrils in ex; reverse CEΛAΣ, forepart of a man-faced bull; soft obverse strike; SOLD











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