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Greek, Sicily, Gela, AR Tetardrachm circa 415-405 BC 24mm 16.75g
Slow quadriga driven right by charioteer,the nearside horse with head held high,the farside horse head lowered.Wreath of olive above,crane flying right in exergue.Rev forepart of man-headed bull right{river god Gelas}with thick wavy beard,swimming,large barley grain above.This coin was struck just before the destruction of the city by the Carthaginian in 405 BC,from which Gela never fully recovered,and it is thought that the quadriga on the obv is to show Gelons victory in the Olympic games of 488 BC.This coin is the only specimen recorded from this die combination,and is the plate coin in the standard reference Jenkins the coinage of Gela.Group IX 482 O95/R192
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Jay GT4  [Jun 22, 2017 at 03:05 AM]
Wow, that reverse!
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