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31 viewsROME
PB Tessera (19mm, 3.23 g, 12h)
Charioteer driving quadriga right, raising whip in right hand
Palm frond; c/m: VI
Rostovtsev 722; Rostovsev & Prou 156; Kircheriano 1169-70; BM 1389-90; Milan 127. Countermark unlisted

Ex Artcoins Roma 23 (17 February 2015), lot 584
Ardatirion
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Alexander the Great46 viewsObv: Head of beardless Herakles, right, wearing lion skin headdress.
Rev: ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ in exergue; Charioteer in Biga right, Trident below.
"Alexandria (Antigoneia)" mint, struck c.310-301 BC. Extremely rare!

Attribution to this mint has been questioned of late (Meadows, NC 2004),
although no firmer alternative has yet been put forward. A mint in the Troad
seems to be likely, given that three were found in the excavations at Troy.

This is an extremely desirable and very difficult to find item. It appears that
there are none on any of the modern sales databases, and I know of only
one other that has been offered via a 'small seller' on an online auction site.

There is one in the British museum, at least one in Berlin (I-B), one in
the Portolos collection (Athens); another in Paris (B 80); the three that
were found at Troy, the one offered online, and now this one.
Please feel free to let me know of any other known specimens.

Among the rarest bronzes of the series.
Price 1587; Gaebler p.169, 7 pl.XXXI,26;
Bellinger Troy A1; BM 1921,0213.196.
(dealer's image {edited})
OldMoney
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Alexander the Great, The Battle of Issus River21 viewsThis mosaic depicts a battle between Alexander the Great and the Persian king Darius, probably the Battle of the Issus River in November of 333 B.C. It is in opus vermiculatum, with over one and a half million tesserae, none larger than 4 mm., in four colors: white, yellow, red, and black. The minuteness of the tesserae enables incredibly fine detail and painterly effects, including remarkable portraits of Alexander and Darius.

The border of this huge mosaic consists of large stones in a dentate pattern . In the corners are rosettes. Within the border along the bottom of the picture is a blank brown stripe, which some consider to be part of the picture, balancing the white expanse of sky at the top, while others argue that it is simply part of the frame.

The composition of the mosaic is dominated by the two protagonists: On the left, Alexander, with his head uncovered, rushes forward on his horse Bucephalus. He holds a spear with which he has skewered a Persian soldier, who has rushed to the defence of Darius. With Alexander appear his helmeted Macedonian soldiers, although little remains of them due to damage of the left side of the mosaic. On the right Darius, wearing a Persian cap, stretches out his hand to his wounded defender, while his charioteer whips the horses to flee toward the right. Around him are his Persian soldiers who mill in confusion in the background, their faces filled with fear and determination. One Persian, however, to the right of the dying defender of Darius, is intent upon Alexander, and holds his sword in his hand, ready to attack.

There are many details which emphasize the terror and confusion of the battle. The horse of the Persian defender of Darius collapses beneath him while he writhes in agony on Alexander's spear. Below Darius in his chariot, a Persian soldier, staring in horror at this scene, attempts to hold a rearing horse. The hindquarters of this horse project into the middle ground of the picture, giving it a sense of depth. To the right, a soldier is being crushed under the wheels of Darius' chariot. His face is reflected in the shield which he holds. Further to the right appear the terrified horses of the chariot team, trampling upon another unfortunate Persian.

The composition of the mosaic is dominated by diagonals. The center is dominated by the intersecting diagonals of the Persian speared by Alexander and the Persian restraining the rearing horse. Two other sets of intersecting diagonals are provided by the figures of Darius and his charioteer and by Alexander and the wounded Persian. The lances in the background of the picture also carry on the diagonal motif.

The setting of the battle is very stylized. In the background appears a tree with bare twisted limbs whose diagonals continue the unifying compositional motif of the mosaic. The tree also serves as a formal vertical counterweight to the Persian king and his charioteer, who rise above the battle fray. In the foreground are discarded weapons and rocks, which serve to define the space between the viewer and the battle scene.

The Alexander mosaic is thought to be based on a painting which Philoxenus of Eretria created for King Cassander of Macedonia. The painting is described by Pliny the Elder as representing "the battle of Alexander with Darius." Certain inconsistencies in the mosaic point to its derivation from another source. In the center of the composition appears a helmeted head to the right of the rearing horse. Two lance shafts come from the left and abruptly stop behind this he‡d. To the right of the same head appears a head of a horse and beneath this are the hindquarters of another horse, neither of which is logically completed. Among the four horses of Darius' chariot there are parts of a white horse which do not fit together anatomically. Above these horses is a Persian soldier who appears to have two right hands, one on his head and the other raised in the air. These details provide evidence that the mosaicist misunderstood details of the original.

Nevertheless, the overall effect of the mosaic is masterful. The expert blending of the colors of the tesserae and the careful control of the overall composition create a scene which comes to life with all the horror and confusion of battle. The Alexander mosaic is a truly great work, unmatched in the history of Roman art.

See: http://www.hackneys.com/alex_web/pages/alxphoto.htm
Cleisthenes
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AR Tetradrachm of Messana, Sicily 461-445 BC23 viewsOBVERSE: seated charioteer holding reins of slow biga of mules to right. Nike flying above crowning mules with wreath. Olive leaf in Exergue
REVERSE: Hare springing right with legend MESSAN I ON with 'C' above the hare.
The charioteer theme on the obverse was introduced by the Tyrant Anaxilas in 480 BC to celebrate his victory in the races at the Olymics of either 480 or 484 BC. Anaxilas died in 475 BC but his sons succeeded him until they were expelled in 461, at which time the winged Nike was added to the obverse. The earliest of the Nike/charioteer types had A, B, C or D above the hare and the old style Greek S in the legends (not visible on this coin)
A bit rough but within my price range! The coin has an elegant design and illustrates the homely subjects that caught the eye of the Greeks and which they rendered so beautifully on their coins

Weight 17.5 gms, Diameter 25-27 mm
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Armorican League48 viewsArmorican League, Gaul, Billon Stater, 1st Century BC.
Obverse- Bust with pointed nose right.
Reverse- Stylized horse right with an even more stylized charioteer behind.
SCBC 15, 6.57g
1 commentsb70
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Coriosolite Bi "boar" stater, region: Armorica (Brittany and Channel Islands), c. 56 BC24 viewsSlightly oval shape, obverse convex, reverse a bit concave. 19-20+mm, 2+mm thick, 5.05g, die axis 6h (coin alignment), material: billon of unknown silver and other metal content.

Obverse: stylized head of a god right (Celtic "Apollo", most probably a Sun or sky god) with three plaits of curly hair forming the triskelion-like spiral pattern, reverse: stylized charioteer driving a chariot right with a boar right under the horse and a curl and leaf device in front of it.

The design is loosely based on golden staters of Philip II of Macedon with laureate head of Apollo right on obverse and a charioteer driving a biga (Mediterranean two-horse chariot) right on reverse.

ID: since the obverse is worn off, it is impossible to determine exactly the variety of this coin. but the reverse features such as no reins, chariot driver's head has no long "nose" and even the weak obverse and strong clear reverse all point to series Y. The pellet eye of the pony, no ears, characteristic shape of the pony's head, "weird" driver and the leaf and curl rather than the quadrilateral banner all point to class I (roman numeral), most probably its middle group I (letter), but earlier group H or later transitional groups J or even K of class III are also possible (only the shape of the eye and nose on the obverse would have allowed to tell definitely). This is a well-developed middle chronological type, minted somewhere west of the river Rance.

Mythological and symbolic connotations of this design are very complex. The spirals (here present in the god's hair and as the device before the horse) were one of the most important Celtic symbols, with its main meaning related to the Sun and life (e. g. the Sun's "growing" from winter to summer solstice and then dwindling back, growing from child to adult, leaves and vines unfolding etc.) The double spiral meant life and death or death and rebirth, the cycle of seasons, that sort of thing. The triple spiral or triskelion was probably of the biggest mystical significance, connected to the godhead, with meaning like past+present+future = eternity or morning + day + evening = time. It definitely had to do with the change of seasons, flow of time, power over life and death. Thus the god's hear all made out of spirals with three main spiral branches. The charioteer also probably represents a deity, probably the same deity representing light and life, hunting the boar representing darkness and death. The boar symbol (if one looks closely, there is a rising or setting sun symbol -- a pellet within a circle over a line -- between the boar's legs) is connected to the darkness because boars are dark and their tusks look like crescent moons. They are also parts of many myths, e. g. Greek darkish stories of the Calydonian Boar hunted by Meleager and his many hero comrades or the Erymanthian boar killed by Heracles as his fourth (by some counts) labor: Celts shared the Greek mythological tradition, but probably imbued it with many of their own mythological connotations. God hunting the boar probably symbolizes the same as the spirals in the obverse: changing of seasons, passing of time, life and rebirth etc.

Coriosolites were a Gallic tribe. In the 1st century BC they were living in the so called "Armorica" (ar mor = by the sea) -- a region of modern Brittany around the river Rance roughly to the south of Jersey. They probably migrated there from Rhineland, running away from the Germanic expansion, since they share some cultural features with the Celtic tribes of the Rhine. This tribe on its own was hardly of much significance compared to the other neighboring Gallic tribes (Unelli, Osismii, Veneti, Redones, Abrincatui etc.), but their coin making is among the best studied of all the Celts because several huge hoards of their coins were discovered in Brittany and Jersey, and studied in detail. When Romans led by Julius Caesar came to conquer Gaul, Coriosolites were actively resisting, first on their own, then as a part of the local tribal union and, finally, contributed to Vercingetorix's war effort. The minting of these coins and hoarding them was probably related to these war activities and subsequent defeat, so since series Y is in the middle of the chronology, it can probably be dated around the middle of the Gallic wars (58 - 50 BC), but since the main event in Armorica, the stand off with Viridovix, happened in 57-56 BC, that's probably the best guess.

In addition to Caesar himself, two other Roman generals who fought Coriosolites should be mentioned: Publius Licinius Crassus (86|82? - 53 BC), a son of Marcus Licinius Crassus, Caesar's co-triumvir, who led the initial assault on Armorica, and Quintus Titurius Sabinus, who defeated the union of three Gallic tribes (Unelli, Curiosolitae, and Lexovii) under the chieftain Viridovix in 56 BC. Ironically to our discussion, when Crassus went back to Rome, his first office there was a monetalis, i. e. a Republican official with authority to issue coins.

A lot more about this type of coins can be learned here:
http://www.writer2001.com/exp0002.htm
Yurii P
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Durotrigan Bi "Durotrigan E" or "Cranbourne Chase" type stater, region: South Britain (Dorset), c. 58 BC - 43 AD11 viewsFlan roughly circular, obverse convex, reverse concave.
18.5mm, 1.5+mm thick, 2.82g
Die axis: ~3h (Greek), assuming traditional diagonal wreath position with "eyes" right
Material: billon of unknown silver and other metal content.

Obverse: devolved head of a god (Celtic "Apollo") right , reverse: disjointed horse / chariot left with 12 pellets above and 1 below (possibly indicating 12+1 lunar months in a solar year)

The design is loosely based on golden staters of Philip II of Macedon with laureate head of Apollo on obverse and a charioteer driving a biga (Mediterranean two-horse chariot) on reverse.

References: Durotrigan E, Cranbourne Chase type, BMC 2525-2731, Mack 317-318, Sp 367, RDVA 1235-1237 etc.

Peculiarities in this case: small flan, so most of design does not fit onto it, probably indicating very late production, no usual correspondence between the "crook" crossing the "wreath" and the "left eye", pellets large and flat, obverse significantly off center, ornaments left to "cheek" clearly visible.

The Durotriges were one of the Celtic (possibly even pre-Celtic) tribes living in Britain prior to the Roman invasion. The tribe lived in modern Dorset, south Wiltshire, south Somerset and Devon east of the River Axe and the discovery of an Iron Age hoard in 2009 at Shalfleet, Isle of Wight gives evidence that they lived in the western half of the island. After the Roman conquest, their main civitates, or settlement-centred administrative units, were Durnovaria (modern Dorchester, "the probable original capital") and Lindinis (modern Ilchester, "whose former, unknown status was thereby enhanced"). Their territory was bordered to the west by the Dumnonii; and to the east by the Belgae.

Durotriges were more a tribal confederation than a tribe. They were one of the groups that issued coinage before the Roman conquest, part of the cultural "periphery" round the "core group" of Britons in the south. These coins were rather simple and had no inscriptions. The Durotriges presented a settled society, based in the farming of lands surrounded and controlled by strong hill forts that were still in use in 43 AD. Maiden Castle is a preserved example of one of these hill forts.

The area of the Durotriges is identified in part by coin finds: few Durotrigan coins are found in the "core" area, where they were apparently unacceptable and were reminted. To their north and east were the Belgae, beyond the Avon and its tributary Wylye: "the ancient division is today reflected in the county division between Wiltshire and Somerset." Their main outlet for the trade across the Channel, strong in the first half of the 1st century BC, when the potter's wheel was introduced, then drying up in the decades before the advent of the Romans, was at Hengistbury Head. Numismatic evidence shows progressive debasing of the coinage, suggesting economic retrenchment accompanying the increased cultural isolation. Analysis of the body of Durotrigan ceramics suggests that the production was increasingly centralised, at Poole Harbour. Burial of Durotriges was by inhumation, with a last ritual meal provided even under exiguous circumstances, as in the eight burials at Maiden Castle, carried out immediately after the Roman attack.

Not surprisingly, the Durotriges resisted Roman invasion in AD 43, and the historian Suetonius records some fights between the tribe and the second legion Augusta, then commanded by Vespasian. By 70 AD, the tribe was already Romanised and securely included in the Roman province of Britannia. In the tribe’s area, the Romans explored some quarries and supported a local pottery industry.

The Durotriges, and their relationship with the Roman Empire, form the basis for an ongoing archaeological research project (https://research.bournemouth.ac.uk/project/the-durotriges-project/) directed by Paul Cheetham, Ellen Hambleton and Miles Russell of Bournemouth University. The Durotriges Project has, since 2009, been reconsidering the Iron Age to Roman transition through a detailed programme of field survey, geophysical investigation and targeted excavation.
Yurii P
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Gallienus - Bronze tetradrachm from Alexandria41 viewsAVT. K. Π. ΛIK. ΓAΛΛIHNOC CEB. , draped, cuirassed and laureate bust right
Reverse : Bust of Helios, the Sun-God, wearing the chlamys of charioteers. L I/A : year 11 (263-4).
2 commentsGinolerhino
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Gaul, Northwest. Coriosolites (57-52 BC)33 viewsBI Stater

5.36 g

Obverse: Celticized head right, hair in large spiral curls, S-like ear; pearl strings flowing around

Reverse: Devolved charioteer driving biga right; ornaments around; below, boar right.

DT 2329; Slg. Flesche - (vgl. 198)

The Coriosolites (one among a number of tribes in the area) inhabited a region called Armorica in what is now northwest France. They were a mixture of Celts who had fled Germanic incursions across the Rhine and the original inhabitants of Armorica, a place where customs and beliefs of the megalithic age still lingered on.

The Coriosolite coinage appears to have constituted a confederate currency, manufactured at the time of the Gallic Wars between 57 BC, the date of the revolt of the Armoricans and 51 BC, the end of the war of the Gauls. For the Armoricans, the war began with invasion by the Roman General Crassus, who subjugated the tribes by fighting each individually and taking hostages. The Celts then formed an alliance to more effectively fight Rome and captured envoys sent by Rome to serve as their own hostages.

Aware of their efforts, Caesar sent three legions under Sabinus who routed the Celts. No more battles were fought in Armorica, but the Armorican resistance continued; some of the population, unwilling to live under Roman rule, banded together and hid in remote areas. Twenty thousand Armoricans (including many Coriosolites) were among the forces that attempted to relieve Vercingetorix at the siege of Alesia in 52 BC.

J.-B. Colbert de Beaulieu defined six classes of Coriosolite coinage. This coin is in Class VI, defined by a nose shaped like a backward 2 on the obverse and, on the reverse, a symbol resembling a ladder on its side in front of a pony with a boar underneath. John Hooker identifies five coin types within Group VI. The coin above is most likely the fifth type (evidenced by the placement of the curl at the bottom of the horse's mane on the reverse). While 1-3 types in Class VI are among the earliest Coriosolite coins (perhaps even preceding the Gallic wars), Hooker asserts that, based on the style of the driver's body on the reverse, types 4 and 5 may have been minted just prior to the forming of the Celtic coalition and capture of the Roman envoys.
1 commentsNathan P
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Geta (198-209 as caesar) denarius (AR)15 viewsObv.: P SEPT GETA CAES PONT (Draped and cuirassed bust of Geta) Rev.: PRINC IVVENTVTIS (Geta std. in military attire, holding branch and spear with trophy behind him) Diameter: 17 mm Weight: 3,5 g RIC 18 Ex. dr. Ernst von Ferrari

Although one might get the feeling that Geta was the good brother and Caracalla the bad, Cassius Dio provides a sobering account: 'The sons of Severus, Antoninus and Geta, feeling that they had got rid of a pedagogue, as it were, in Plautianus, now went to all lengths in their conduct. They outraged women and abused boys, they embezzled money, and made gladiators and charioteers their boon companions, emulating each other in the similarity of their deeds, but full of strife in their rivalries; for if the one attached himself to a certain faction, the other would be sure to choose the opposite side.'
Nick.vdw
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Greece, Delphi - Profile of the Charioteer of Delphi320 viewsDating from the early fifth century BC, this is one of the most hauntingly beautiful works of art. It still speaks after 2,500 years.2 commentsLloyd T
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Greece, Delphi - The Charioteer of Delphi281 viewsThe life-size statue of a chariot driver was found in 1896 at the Sanctuary of Apollo in Delphi. It is now in the Delphi Archaeological Museum.

The statue was erected at Delphi in 474 BC, to commemorate the victory of a chariot team in the Pythian Games, which were held at Delphi every four years in honor of Pythean Apollo.

The beauty of this work is breathtaking.
1 commentsLloyd T
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Greece, Delphi - The Charioteer of Delphi213 viewsThe life-size statue of a chariot driver was found in 1896 at the Sanctuary of Apollo in Delphi. It is now in the Delphi Archaeological Museum.

The statue was erected at Delphi in 474 BC, to commemorate the victory of a chariot team in the Pythian Games, which were held at Delphi every four years in honor of Pythean Apollo.
Lloyd T
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Greece, Delphi - The Head of the Charioteer of Delphi240 viewsThe life-size statue of a chariot driver was found in 1896 at the Sanctuary of Apollo in Delphi. It is now in the Delphi Archaeological Museum.

The statue was erected at Delphi in 474 BC, to commemorate the victory of a chariot team in the Pythian Games, which were held at Delphi every four years in honor of Pythean Apollo.
Lloyd T
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GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Philip II, 359 - 336 B.C., AV Stater439 viewsObverse: Laureate head of Apollo facing right
Reverse: Charioteer in biga galloping right, thunderbolt below horses, ΦIΛIΠΠOY in exergue
4 commentsOptimus
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GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Philip II, 359 - 336 B.C., Gold stater18 viewsSH68354. Gold stater, Le Rider p. 146 & pl. 58. 157 (D42/R112), SNG ANS 172 ff., SNG Cop 529, SNG Alpha Bank -, EF, perfect centering, weight 8.602 g, maximum diameter 18.0 mm, die axis 0o, Pella mint, posthumous, 323 - 317 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo right; reverse ΦIΛIΠΠOY (in exergue), charioteer driving biga right, kentron in right, reins in left, kantharos below; ex Gorny & Mosch auction 215, lot 758Joe Sermarini
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GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Philip II, 359 - 336 B.C., Gold stater24 viewsSH57285. Gold stater, Le Rider 339 (D62/R259), SNG ANS 144 ff., Choice aEF, weight 8.554 g, maximum diameter 18.4 mm, die axis 180o, Amphipolis mint, c. 340 - 328 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo right; reverse charioteer in biga right, trident head below horses, ΦIΛIΠΠOY exergue; ex Harlan Berk, attractive style, perfect centeringJoe Sermarini
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GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Philip II, 359 - 336 B.C., Gold stater21 viewsSH70337. Gold stater, Le Rider 341 (D152/R260), SNG ANS 154, Choice gVF, attractive style, perfect centering, light marks, weight 8.513 g, maximum diameter 19.1 mm, die axis 270o, Amphipolis mint, c. 340 - 328 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo right; reverse charioteer in biga right, trident head below horses, ΦIΛIΠΠOY exergueJoe Sermarini
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GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Philip II, 359 - 336 B.C., Gold stater21 viewsSL57441. Gold stater, Le Rider 170 ff., SNG ANS 144 ff., ICG - AU55, Amphipolis mint, c. 340 - 328 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo right; reverse charioteer in biga right, trident head below horses, ΦIΛIΠΠOY exergue; ICG certified (slabbed) about uncirculated; sharp, attractive fine style, bold high-reliefJoe Sermarini
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GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Philip III Arrhidaeus and Alexander IV, 323 - 317 B.C., Gold stater24 viewsSH50028. Gold stater, Thompson Philip 13; SNG ANS 318, NGC Choice Uncirculated, weight 8.58 g, Teos (near Sigacik, Turkey) mint, c. 323 - 316 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo right; reverse charioteer driving biga right, holding kentron in right hand, reins in left, star and filleted branch below horses, ΦIΛIΠΠOY and spear head in exergue; certified (slabbed) by NGC Ch AU, Strike 4/5, Surface 3/5Joe Sermarini
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Greek, Sicily, Gela, AR Tetardrachm circa 415-405 BC 24mm 16.75g70 viewsSlow 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/R1921 commentsGrant H
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GREEK, Sicily, Gela, AR Tetradrachm circa 420-415 BC 16.20 g 25.8mm Jenkins 476 O92/R18645 viewsCharioteer driving slow quadriga right,Nike flying left to crown charioteer,bird right flapping wings in exergue [swan] off flan.Rev forepart of man-headed bull [Gelas] swimming right of fine style..
EX Forun
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GREEK, Sicily, Gela, AR Tetradrachm circa 420-415 BC 17.16g 28mm 7h Jenkins 47815 viewsCharioteer driving slow quadriga right,above Nike flying left crowning the charioteer with wreath./Forepart of man-headed bull right.Grant H
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GREEK, Sicily, Gela, AR Tetradrachm circa 420-415 BC 27mm 16.42g Jenkins 471 O91/R18072 viewsCharioteer driving slow quadriga left,holding reins in both hands,kentron in right Nike flying above and placing wreath on horses head.Rev fourpart of man-headed bull right.
Jenkins 471 O91-R180
2 commentsGrant H
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GREEK, Sicily, Gela, AR Tetradrachm circa 425-420 BC 17.21g Jenkins 459 O86/R174104 viewsQuadriga to left,with Nike as charioteer wears long sleeveless chiton with high girdle,her wings semi-open the nearside wing and top of farside wing shown,hair in topknot,she holds whip in her right hand,and a set of reins with each hand.Above large wreath of olive.Linear border.Two horsesshown,with doubled outlines,the farside horse slightly in front of the nearside one,forelegs raised clear of ground,heads paralled.Large chariot wheel with diagonal spokes.Rev head of the river god Gelas as a man-headed bull right,between legs bird {heron} 1 commentsGrant H
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GREEK, Sicily, Gela, AR Tetradrachm circa 430-425 BC 29mm 17.09g 6h Jenkins 345 O66/R13528 viewsCharioteer driving quadriga right,Nike flying right crowning horses/Forepart of man-headed bull swimming right.1 commentsGrant H
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GREEK, Sicily, Gela, AR Tetradrachm circa 430-425BC 25mm 16.73g 2h Jenkins 4003 viewsCharioteer driving slow quadriga left,wreath above./Forepart of man-headed bull right.goose left below.
NGC XF 4/3
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GREEK, Sicily, Gela, AR Tetradrachm circa 440-430 BC 25mm 17.37g 1h Jenkins Gela 384.7 [O78/R158] this coin.127 viewsCharioteer holding Kenton in left hand and reins in both,driving slow quadriga right,above Nike flyingright crowning horseswith open wreath held in both hands.Rev forepart of man-headed bull right the river god [Gelas swimming.
Ex CNG Triton 16 lot 209.
1 commentsGrant H
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GREEK, Sicily, Gela, AR Tetradrachm circa 440-430 BC 26mm 16.20g Jenkins group V 387 O79/R15933 viewsCharioteer driving slow quadriga right,Nike flying right above crowning the horses with wreath.Rev forepart of man-headed bull swimming right,in front water plant.Grant H
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Greek, Sicily, Gela, AR Tetradrachm circa 450 - 440 BC 25mm 1723g 9h. Jenkins the coinage of Gela 342.4100 viewsQuadriga driven slowly to right by a bearded charioteer, above Nike flying right to crown the horses,in exergue palmettte with tendrils. Rev forepart of man-headed bull,the river god Gelas right.
ex Nomos auction 14 lot 50 5-17-17, ex The Stoecklin collection bought from bank Leu.ex Munzen und Medaillen auction X, 22 June 1951, lot 192, ex V.J.E. Ryan sold by Glendinings November 24th 1950 lot 1499a.
3 commentsGrant H
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GREEK, Sicily, Gela, AR Tetradrachm circa 450-440 BC 17.44 g Jenkins 357 O69/R14267 viewsCharioteer driving quadriga right,above Nike flying right crowning horses{floral ornament in exergue}Rev forpart of man-headed bull{Gelas} right.1 commentsGrant H
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GREEK, Sicily, Gela, AR Tetradrachm circa 450-440 BC 25 mm 1723 g 9h Jenkins group 4 [O66/R133,342. 4?,SNG ANS 63,SNG Lockett 771,Gulbenkian 197,Dewing 603,85 viewsQuadriga driven slowly to right by bearded charioteer,above Nike flying right to crown the horses,in exergue palmette with tendrils.Rev Forepart of man-headed bull to right,within compass drawn circle around edge of die.2 commentsGrant H
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GREEK, Sicily, Gela, AR Tetradrachm circa 450-440 BC 27.5 mm 16.84 g 2h Jenkins 361 O69 reverse unrecorded6 viewsMale charioteer driving slow quadriga to right,above Nike flying right to crown the horses.Below in exergue palmette with tendrils/Forepart of man-headed bull to right.
From the Trausnitz collection,ex Triton I,2 Dec 1997 lot 210
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GREEK, Sicily, Gela, AR Tetradrachm circa 450-440 BC26mm 16.95 g 2h Jenkins 369 O 73/R 14816 viewsCharioteer driving slow quadriga right,above Nike flying right crowning the horses./Forepart of man-headed bull right.within shallow incuse circle.Grant H
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GREEK, Sicily, Gela, AR Tetradrachm circa 465--450 BC17.22 g 11h Jenkins 220 {O58/R118} The Randazzo Hoard no.41 this coin63 viewsCharioteer in quadriga moving slowly left,column behind marking the turning point of the race,in exergue sea monster {pistrix}
Rev forepart of man-headed bull with Nike flying right to crown him.off flan.
The Numismatic Chronicle 1894 page 212 contributions to Sicilian Numismatics by Arthur.J.Evans.These coins of Syracusan show the pistrix in the exergue of there reverse types,the introduction of which on the Syracusan dies Dr.Head has reasonably connected with Hierons great sea victory off Cumae of 474.I am inclined to go still further than Dr. Head,and to suggest that the symbol of sea power survived on the issues of the Syracusan democracy for another two decades or more.One of the novelties supplied by the present find is the appearance of the same sea-monster in the exergual position on a coin of Gela.It may ,therefore,be reasonably brought into connection with the same historical occasion,and may be regarded as a complimentary allusion to the great citizen of Gela who now ruled at Syracuse.It is possible that a Geloan contingent participated in the naval victory over the Etruscans,the victorious occasion of the present piece is ,indeed,accentuated and brought into direct relation with Gela itself by the obverse design,on which almost alone among the coins of this city,a flying Nike is seen crowning the head of the River-God.
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GREEK, Sicily, Gela, AR Tetradrachm circa 465-450 BC 25 mm 17.20g 2h Jenkins 230 O61/R122103 viewsCharioteer driving slow quadriga right, in back ground column with Ionic capital. Rev forepart of man-headed bull river god right.
Jenkins Gela Group 111 230 O61/R122, HGC 2,339, SNG ANS 50 same dies, SNG Ashmolean 1733
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GREEK, Sicily, Gela, AR Tetradrachm circa 480-470 BC 23mm 17.19 g Jenkins 115 O34/R6838 viewsCharioteer driving walking quadriga right,above Nike flying right crowning the horses/Forepart of man-headed bull {Gelas}right.3 commentsGrant H
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GREEK, Sicily, Gela, AR Tetradrachm circa 480-470 BC 25mm 17.05g 3h Jenkins 181 O48/R10430 viewsCharioteer holding kentron and reins,driving slow quadriga right,above Nike flying right crowning horses with wreath/Forepart of man-headed bull right.1 commentsGrant H
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GREEK, Sicily, Gela, AR Tetradrachm circa 480-470 BC24mm 17.52g Jenkins 134 O39/R7952 viewsCharioteer driving slow quadriga right,Nike flying right crowning horses with wreath.Forepart of man-headed bull to right.
Rare die combination Jenkins lists two coins one in London.
1 commentsGrant H
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GREEK, Sicily, Gela, AR Tetradrachm circa 480/75-475/70 BC 21 mm 17.34g 8h Jenkins 18458 viewsCharioteer driving slow quadriga right above Nike flying right crowning horses. Rev forepart of man-headed bull right within shallow incuse circle.
Rare die combination only one listed in Jenkins.
EX Julius Diez
EX Gustav Phillpsen collection part one J.Hersch 15,28 may 1906 lot 990
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GREEK, Sicily, Gela, AR Tetradrachm circa465-450 BC 17.22g 28mm 11h.Jenkins 220 O58/R 118 The Randazzo Hoard 1980 and Sicillian Chronology in the Early Fifth Century B.C. 41 this coin.57 viewsCharioteer in quadriga moving slowly left,behind free standing Ionic column,probably marking the turning point of the race,in exergue sea monster {ketos}.Rev forepart of bearded man-headed bull right,Nike flying right crowning Gelas {off flan}.
NGC 4625018-016 AU 3-4
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GREEK, Sicily, Gela, AR Tetradrachm.181 viewsSicily Gela AR Tetradrachm circa 415-405 BC 24 mm 16.75 g Slow quadriga driven right by charioteer,the nearside horse with head lowered,the farside horse head held high,wreath of olive above crane flying right in exergue.Reverse forepart of man-headed bull{river-god Gelas} with thick wavy beard,swimming right,{CEAAE} retrograde and large barley-grain above.This coin was struk just before the destruction of the city by the Carthaginian invaders in 405 BC,and which Gela never fully recovered.And it is thought that the quadriga on the obverse is to show that 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 9 482 O95/R192 and from the A,D,M collection2 commentsGrant H
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GREEK, Sicily, Messana AR Tetradrachm321 views(412–408 BC)
Obv.: Charioteer driving mule biga left, two dolphins nose to nose in exergue
Rev.: Hare leaping left over horizontal barley ear, dove flying left above, MESSANION in exergue.
Caltabiano 614 ; SNG ANS 378 ; SNG Copenhagen 404.
4 commentsMinos
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GREEK, Sicily, Syracuse17 viewsHiketas. 288-279 BC. Head of Persphone left / galloping biga driven right by charioteer, triskeles below.
SG 1209v
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GREEK, Sicily, Syracuse, AR Tetradrachm c.485-466 BC.Boehringer 12391 viewsSicily Syracuse Deinomenid Tyranny AR Tetradrachm circa 485-466 BC 23mm 17.27g 9h
Bearded charioteer driving Quadriga walking to right,above nike flying right to crown the horses.Rev EVRAKOEION Diademed head of Arethusa to right,wearing a pearl necklace and with her hair falling back behind her neck but turned up beneath her diadem,around four dolphins swimming to right.
Boehringer 123,SNG ANS 33.
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GREEK, Sicily, Syracuse, AR Tetradrachm c.485-466 BC.Boehringer 123 23mm 17.27g 9h88 viewsDeinomenid Tyranny,Bearded charioteer driving quadriga walking to right,above Nike flying right to crown the horses.Rev Diademed head of Arethusa to right,wearing a pearl diadem and a pearl necklace and with her hair falling back behind her neck but turned up beneath her diadem,around four dolphins swimming to right.A splendid example bright,well struck,well centered and of excellent style.
From a collection formed over twenty years ago.
1 commentsGrant H
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GREEK, Sicily, Syracuse, AR Tetradrachm circa 485-475 20mm 17.33g 8h. Boehringer 12190 viewsDeinomenid Tyranny Bearded charioteer driving quadriga walking to right,above Nike flying right to crown the horses.Rev Diademed head of Arethusa to right,wearing a pearl necklace and with her hair falling back behind her neck but turned up beneath her diadem which is not the usual pearl diadem but a plain band,four dolphins swimming right.1 commentsGrant H
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GREEK, Sicily, Syracuse, Deinomenid Tyranny, Time of Hieron, c. 478 - 467 B.C.37 viewsSH86274. Silver tetradrachm, Boehringer 338 (V166/R236); Randazzo 507 - 509 (same dies); SNG ANS -, gVF, fantastic style, toned, centered on a tight flan, small areas struck a little flat, marks, pre-strike flan casting sprues remaining (as usual for the type), weight 16.971 g, maximum diameter 29.0 mm, die axis 0o, Syracuse mint, c. 478 - 467 B.C.; obverse slow quadriga driven right by male charioteer, kentron in right hand, reigns in left hand, Nike above flying right crowning horses; reverse ΣVRA-KOS-I-ON (Latin R upside down, N reversed), Artemis-Arethusa right, archaic eye, hair slightly waved in front turned up in a krobylos under a diadem of beads, wearing earring and necklace, surrounded by four dolphins swimming clockwise; ex Roma Numismatics, auction 6 (29 Sep 2013), lot 441; ex Comery CollectionJoe Sermarini
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GREEK, Sicily, Syracuse, Hieron, c. 478 - 466 B.C.25 viewsSH86308. Silver tetradrachm, Boehringer Series X, 229 (V102/R155); HGC 2, 1306; Bement 451; Jameson 744; McClean 2611 (all from the same dies)., gVF, well centered, toned, obverse struck with a worn die, some marks and scratches, weight 17.105 g, maximum diameter 24.4 mm, die axis 270o, Syracuse mint, c. 478 - 475 B.C.; obverse slow quadriga driven right by male charioteer holding goad, Nike above flying right crowning horses; reverse ΣYP-AKO-ΣI-ON (beginning 3:30, 1st Σ reversed), head of Arethusa right, hair turned up behind under diadem of beads, wearing bead necklace, surrounded by four dolphins swimming clockwise; ex Numismatica Ars Classica auction 59 (4 Apr 2011), lot 1571Joe Sermarini
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GREEK, Sicily, Syracuse, Hiketas II, 287-278 BC, AE 21 173 viewsWreathed head of Kore right; ΣYPA in right field. / Charioteer in biga galloping right, star above, ΠX in exergue.
SNG ANS 763 var. (torch symbol on obverse; X in exergue of reverse).
(21 mm, 9.41 g, 5h)
3 commentsLloyd T
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GREEK, Sicily, Syracuse, Second Democracy, 466 - 405 B.C.30 viewsSH86210. Silver tetradrachm, Boehringer Series XVIIa, 586 (V291/R396); SNG ANS 189 (same dies); McClean 2670 (same); Pozzi 582 (same); HGC 2 1313, gVF, fine style, lightly toned, well centered, tight flan as always for the type, light bumps and marks, light porosity, slight die shift on reverse, pre-strike casting sprue remnant, weight 16.999 g, maximum diameter 26.1 mm, die axis 135o, Syracuse mint, c. 440 - 430 B.C.; obverse Charioteer driving quadriga right, Nike flying right above crowning horses, ketos right in exergue; reverse ΣYPAKOΣON, head of Arethusa right, hair bound with wide taenia, four dolphins swimming around; ex CNG auction 102 (18 May 2016), lot 143; ex Allan Smith M.D. Collection; ex CNG auction 81 (20 May 2009), lot 162; rare; $3000.00Joe Sermarini
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GREEK, Sicily, Syracuse, Second Democracy, 466 - 405 B.C.20 viewsSH85694. Silver tetradrachm, Boehringer Series XXII, 672 (V338/R459); SNG ANS 222 (same dies); BMC Sicily, p. 162, 123 (same); Jameson 778 (same); Pozzi 586 (same); HGC 2 1320, VF, fine classical style, obverse die wear, bumps and scratches, somewhat ragged tight flan, weight 16.769 g, maximum diameter 26.7 mm, die axis 90o, Syracuse mint, c. 430 - 420 B.C.; obverse slow quadriga driven right by male charioteer holding kentron and reins, Nike above flying right crowning horses; reverse ΣYPAKOΣION, head of Arethusa right, earring, necklace, hair bound with taenia and wound four times around; four dolphins swimming aroundJoe Sermarini
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GREEK, SICILY, Syracuse. Deinomenid Tyranny. 485-466 BC. AR Tetradrachm, struck ca. 480-475 BC.20 viewsBoehringer, Die Münzen von Syrakus, 1929 and reprint 1974, Plate 7, # 156

SICILY, Syracuse. Deinomenid Tyranny. 485-466 BC. AR Tetradrachm, struck ca. 480-475 BC.
16.93 g, 24 mm, 12 h, test cut.

Obverse: Charioteer driving slow quadriga right, holding kentron and reins; above, Nike flying right, crowning horses.

Reverse: ΣVRAK—ΟΣΙ—O—N, Head of Arethusa right, wearing pearl diadem, surrounded by four dolphins swimming clockwise.

Reference: Boehringer # 156 (V70/R108) (this coin), Prinz Waldeck # 488 (this coin), SNG ANS # 44

Pedigree:
- Ex-Prince (Fürst) Waldeck of Arolsen collection # 488.
- Berlin Coin Cabinet between ca. 1921 - 1931 (plaster casts were made).
- Boehringer plate coin # 156 ("Die Münzen von Syrakus", 1929).
- Ex-Münzhandel Basel, Vente publique N° 4, 1st of October, 1935, Lot # 488.
- Ex-Heinz Rühmann Collection (famous German movie actor).
- Ex-Gerhand Hirsch Nachfolger, Auction 332, 20th of September, 2017, Lot # 2069.
- Ex-Stock; Dealer Hamborg, Bernd.
- The Asena Collection (Burak Cebeci), purchased at Dortmund Coin Fair, 01.09.2019.
- Illustrated on Wildwinds as Boehringer 156 (http://wildwinds.com/coins/greece/sicily/syracuse/deinomenid/t.html)
Istinpolin
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Hiketas; AE 21, Kore right/ Nike driving biga right8 viewsSYRACUSE. Hiketas 287-278 B.C. 9,3g. 21mm. Obs: Head of Kore right, wearing grain ear wreath. Rev: Charioteer, holding kentron in extended right hand, reins in left, driving fast biga right. Sear GCV II 1210v. Podiceps
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Himera17 viewsSicily, Himera. 440-430/425 BC. AR Tetradrachm (16.93 gm). Slow biga driven l. by charioteer crowned by Nike flying r. Ex: IMEPAION (retrograde) and cock walking l. / Nymph Himera holding patera over altar to l.; satyr to r. stdg below fountain w/ lions-head spout; ear of grain above.  gVF.   Boston MFA 254 (same dies); de Luynes 976 (same dies); Rizzo pl. XXI, 12 (same dies); Arnold-Biucchi, Monetazione, Group III, 15 (Q4/H12); Gutmann & Schwabacher 10; SNG Ashmolean 1765 (same dies). cf. HGC 2 #434 (crane in ex); Jenkins Sicily 30; CNG 100 #1268 & Triton XI #37 (same dies). Very rare. 4 commentsAnaximander
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Italy- Rome -circusmaximus model58 viewsA circus designates a circle or course for chariot racing. Aside from the Circus Maximus, the largest and oldest, there were three other circuses in Rome: the Circus Flaminius (221 BC), which actually was not a circus at all but a public square; the Circus Gaii et Neronis (circa AD 40), where many of the Christian martyrdoms occurred and on which St. Peter's basilica was built (the obelisk brought to Rome by Caligula to adorn its spina still stands in the square); and the Circus Maxentius (AD 309), built as part of his villa on the Via Appia and the best preserved.

In this view, the starting gates are in the foreground, with the royal box dominating the viewing standing on the left" or "and the royal box dominating the viewing stands on the left. The palace overlooks the Circus from the Palatine Hill.

The Circus Maximus was another public entertainment center, and was just a single, specific facility in Rome. The Maximus was used mostly for chariot racing. It could seat 250,000 people! There were other circuses in ancient Rome.

This oval basin, nearly 600 meters long, is almost entirely filled in with dirt. It was once a race track. It was made in the time of the Etruscan kings (presumably Tarquinio Prisco). Augustus adorned the brick structure with an imperial stage, which was rebuilt by Trajan, enlarged by Caracalla and restored by Constantine. During the reign of Constantine, the Circus could hold more than 200,000 spectators. Today only the outline remains (the area it occupied is now a public garden).


The most popular events were the chariot races held in the Circus Maximus, an arena that held up to 300,000 spectators. Competing teams with brightly decorated horses attracted fierce loyalty, and up to a dozen four-horse chariots crowded together through the dangerous turns, lap after lap. Successful charioteers became so wealthy that even emperors envied their riches.

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Katania AR Tetradrachm.45 viewsHead of Apollo facing slightly left, in laurel wreath; HRAKLEIDAS downward in right field / KATANAIWN, charioteer driving fast quadriga left, holding kentron in right hand, reins in both; above, Nike flying right, placing open wreath on charioteer's head; in exergue, fish left. Basel 337, BMC 32.
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KINGS OF MACEDON. Philip II, 359-336 BC. Stater23 viewsGold, 19 mm, 8.56 g, 11 h
Pella, struck under Philip II or Alexander III, circa 340-328.
Laureate head of Apollo to right. Rev. ΦΙΛΙΠΠOY Charioteer driving biga to right, holding reins in his left hand and goad in his right; below horses, trident right.
Le Rider 320 (D145/R244). Several nicks and small scrapes , otherwise, good very fine. From a Viennese collection, formed in the 1990s.
1 commentsLeo
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KINGS of MACEDON. Philip III Arrhidaios. 323-317 BC. AV Stater106 viewsKINGS of MACEDON. Philip III Arrhidaios. 323-317 BC. AV Stater
(18mm, 8.61 g, 12h)

Obv: Laureate head of Apollo right
Rev: Charioteer, holding kentron and reins, driving biga right; Ξ and cornucopia below.
In the types of Philip II. Abydos mint. Struck under Leonnatos, Arrhidaios, or Antigonos I Monophthalmos.

Le Rider –; Thompson, Philip 24; ADM II Series V, 86 var. (same obv. die, additional control on rev.); SNG ANS 296. EF.

From the Kelly J. Krizan, M.D. Collection. Ex Classical Numismatic Review XX/1 (Spring 1995), no. SP1005 (part of; this coin illustrated).

CNG 93, Lot: 157.
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Macedonian Kingdom, Philip II, 359-336 BC29 viewsAV stater, 18mm, 8.57g, gVF
Struck 323-315 BC at Pella
Laureate head of Apollo right, hair short / Galloping biga driven right by charioteer holding goad; beneath, bee and Λ; ΦIΛIΠΠOY in exg
Sear 6663v; SNG ANS 8, 196; Le Rider 598a (D251/R434)
Private sale
2 commentsLawrence Woolslayer
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Messana8 viewsSicily, Messana. Tyranny of Anaxilas. 480-462/1 BC. AR Tetradrachm (17.07 gm). Biga of mules r. with seated charioteer; laurel leaf in ex. / Hare bounding r. MESSENION (SS not retrograde). gVF. Pegasi V #63. SNG ANS 4 #318 (same rev. die); Caltabiano 1993 Series IIb #77 (D41/R40); ACNAC Dewing #640 (same dies); Randazzo 105-106 (same dies); HGC 2 #779. cf. SNG Cop 1 #389-390 (SS not retrograde); Same dies: CNG EA 301 #3; CBG.fr M43 #385760; Roma Num. E2 #33. 1 commentsAnaximander
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Messana7 viewsSicily, Messana. 480-462/1 BC. AR Tetradrachm (17.14 gm). Biga of mules r. with seated charioteer; laurel leaf in ex. / Hare bounding r., pellet below. ΜΕSSΕ-N-ΙΩN (both sigmas and nus retrograde). VF. Pegasi V #63. SNG ANS 4 #314; Caltabiano 1993 Series IIb 52 similar to (D28/R22 or R38); Dewing 641 (same obv. die)/636. HGC 3 #779 (same obv. die). SNG Fitzwilliam 1067. Cf SNG Cop 1 #390 (no pellet); Bement 405 (SS not retrograde); Randazzo 105-106 (same). 1 commentsAnaximander
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Messana, Sicily c. 470-466 B.C. AR Tetradrachm30 viewsMessana, Sicily c. 470-466 B.C. AR Tetradrachm (17.07 gm).
Obv: Charioteer, holding kentron and reins, driving slow biga of mules right; in exergue, leaf.
Rev: Hare springing right.
Ref: Cf. Caltabiano 167A (dies D94/R95A, but obv. die not certain) = Randazzo 128. SNG ANS 315.
Good fine.
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Motya Charioteer marble sculpture32 viewsThe remarkable and exquisite Motya Charioteer marble sculpture found in 1979 is world famous and is on display at the local Giuseppe Whitaker museum.

Motya was an ancient and powerful city on an island off the west coast of Sicily, between Drepanum (modern Trapani) and Lilybaeum (modern Marsala). The island was renamed San Pantaleo in the 11th century by Basilian monks. It lies in the Stagnone Lagoon, and is within the comune of Marsala. The island is nearly 850 metres (2,790 ft) long and 750 metres (2,460 ft) wide, and about 1 kilometer (0.62 mi) (six stadia) from the mainland of Sicily. It was joined to the mainland in ancient times by an artificial causeway (paved road), by which chariots with large wheels could reach the town.

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Photo by: AEK
Released under the GNU Free Documentation License.
Joe Sermarini
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Petillius Capitolinus, Crawford 487/2b166 viewsPetillius Capitolinus, gens Petillia
AR - denarius, 18.1mm, 3.82g
Rome, 43 BC
obv. Eagle with spread wings, stg. half-right on thunderbolt
above PETILLIVS, beneath CAPITOLINVS
rev. Hexastyle temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus with three-stepped base;
garlandes hanging down in the three middle intercolumnaries, on the
pediment frontal seated figur(?), on acroteries horse-protomes, above figures
stg. with sceptres, on top biga r. with charioteer.
S - F at sides
Crawford 487/2b; Sydenham 1151; Petillia 3
about VF
From Forum Ancient Coins, thanks!

SF stands for Sacris Faciundis and should say that Petillius Capitolinus was member of the XV viri sacris faciundis responsible for the religious ceremonies. Jupiter Optimus Maximus was the highest god in Rome, one of the Roman Triad. His temple stood on the Capitoline Hill.
For more information please look at the thread 'Mythological interesting coins'!
Jochen
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Philip II. 359-336 BC. AV Stater 13 viewsMacedon, Philip II. 359-336 BC. AV Stater (8.59 gm) of Amphipolis 340/336-328. Laureate head of Apollo r. / Charioteer driving racing biga r., holding goad and reins. ΦΙΛΙΠΠΟΥ in exergue. Ivy leaf in field to r. EF. SNG ANS 250-254; Le Rider 66 (D32/R51); HGC 3.1 #847. cf. Goldberg 80 #3261 (same dies); Roma Num. 7 #386 (same obv. die). 2 commentsAnaximander
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Sicily - Syracuse - Fourth Republic c. 289-287 B.C10 viewsSicily - Syracuse - Fourth Republic Hemilitron c. 289-287 B.C. Ae 23.2mm. 8.48 g.
Obv: Head of Kore (Persephone) right Rev: Biga galloping right, driven by a charioteer holding kentron (stick) with the right hand and the reins in the left hand, six-pointed star above. Countermarked below and above. Laffaille242 MIAMG.5211 Ref. BMC -. ANS.767. Calciati 122.
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Sicily Gela AR Tetardrachm circa 450-440 BC 17.19 g Jenkins 3684 viewsCharioteer driving slow quadriga right,Nike flying right to crown the horses/Forepart of man-headed bull swimming right.Grant H
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Sicily Gela AR Tetardrachm circa 465-450 BC 17.22 G 11H Jenkins 220 O58/R11826 viewsCharioteer in quadriga {only two horses are shown}moving slowly left,behind Ionic capital,marking the turningpoint of the race,in exergue sea monster left{Ketos}.Dotted border.Rev forepart of man-headed bull,the river god Gelas swimming to right.
ex Gemini XIV 4-18-18,ex Berk 153 lot 100 3-13-07.
NGC AU 3/4, 4625018-016
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Sicily Gela AR Tetradrachm circa 415-405 BC 16.77 g 23.8mm36 viewsCharioteer driving slow quadriga right,wreath in field above,bird flying right below {crane}.Dotted borded.Rev forepart of thr rivergod Gelas swimming right,barley corn above.Struck from a rare and desirable die pair,and the plate coin in the standard reference.Jenkins The Coinage of Gela plate 28,no.482 O/95 - R/192.Struck just before the destruction of the city by the Carthaginians in 405 BC,from which Gela never recovered. Grant H
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Sicily Gela AR Tetradrachm circa 420-415 BC 26mm 17.29g 5h Jenkins 469 O91/R18182 viewsCharioteer driving slow quadriga left above Nike flying left to crown the horses with open wreath,lizard to left about to catch a fly in exergue,linear border.Rev forepart of man-headed bull left of fine style. 2 commentsGrant H
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Sicily Gela AR Tetradrachm circa 420-415 BC 26mm 16.70g 9h Jenkins 476 O92/R18646 viewsCharioteer with goad in quadriga right above Nike flying left crowning charioteer with wreath.Rev forepart of man-headed bull right.
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Sicily Gela AR Tetradrachm circa 420-415 BC 26mm 16.49g 7h Jenkins 470 O91/R18246 viewsCharioteer driving walking quadriga left above Nike flying left crowning horses,in exergue lizard left about to catch fly.Rev forepart of man-headed bull left within incuse circle.
ex Numismatic Fine Arts October 18 1990,The Lawrence M.Cutler collection,lot 66.
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Sicily Gela AR Tetradrachm circa 425-420 BC 17.21g Jenkins 459 O86/R17463 viewsQuadriga to left, with Nike as charioteer wears long sleeveless chiton with high girdle,her wings semi- open the nearside wing and top only of farside wing shown,hair in topknot she holds whip in her right hand,and a set of reins with each hand.Above large wreath of olive.Linear border.Two horses shown,with doubled outlines,the farside horse slightly in frontof the nearside one, forelegs raised clear of ground,heads parallel.Large chariot wheel with diagonal spokes.Rev head of the river god Gelas as a man-headed bull right.Between the bulls legs,bird {heron}1 commentsGrant H
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Sicily Gela AR Tetradrachm circa 440-430 BC 25mm 17.37g 1h Jenkins 384.7 O78/R158 ex A. Moretti collection27 viewsCharioteert holding kentron in left hand and reins in both,driving slow quadriga right above Nike flying right crowning horses with open wreath held in both hands .Forepart of man-headed bull right.Grant H
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Sicily Gela AR Tetradrachm circa 440-430 BC 27mm 16.92g 1h Jenkins 374 O75/R15137 viewsCharioteer driving slow quadriga right,above Nike flying right to crown the horses.Rev forepart of man-headed bull swimming right.Grant H
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Sicily Gela AR Tetradrachm circa 450 -400 BC 27mm 16.51g Jenkins 478 O92/R18836 viewsQuadriga right driven by charioteer,holding goud in right hand and reins in both hands,horses trotting above Nike flying right crowning horses in exeurge barley grain,border of dots.Rev forepart of man-headed bull with short beard .Grant H
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Sicily Gela AR Tetradrachm circa 465-450 BC 25 mm 17.20g 2h66 viewsCharioteer driving slow quadriga right,in background,column with Ionic capital.Rev forepart of man-headed bull{river god} right.1 commentsGrant H
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Sicily Gela AR Tetradrachm circa 475-70 BC 21mm 17.34g 8h51 viewsCharioteer driving slow quadriga right above Nike flying right crowning horses.Rev forepart of man-headed bull right within shallow incuse circle.
Rare die combination only one listed in Jenkins.From the Robert and Julius Diez collection,EX Gustav Phillpsen collection part one J.Hersch 15 May 28 1906 lot 990 sold for 24 marks
1 commentsGrant H
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Sicily Gela AR Tetradrachm circa 480-470 BC 17.30 g 25mm 1h Jenkins 104 O32/R5998 viewsCharioteer driving slow quadriga right,Nike flying right crowning the horses with wreath.Rev forepart of man-headed bull [Gelas] right of fine style.
EX The New York sale 42,lot 25 Ira & Larry Goldberg
EX. The Dionysus collection.
EX.Roma E3 LOT 49 11-30-13
4 commentsGrant H
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Sicily Gela AR Tetradrachm circa 480-470 BC 22MM 17.27 G Jenkins 111 O33/R6564 viewsCharioteer driving quadriga right above Nike flying right crowning horses.Rev forepart of man-headed bull right.Of fine style1 commentsGrant H
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Sicily Gela AR Tetradrachm circa 480/75-475/70 BC 21 mm 17.34g 8h77 viewsCharioteer driving slow quadriga right,above Nike flying right,crowning horses.Rev forepart of man-headed bull swimming right,within shallow incuse circle.
Rare die combination only one example listed in Jenkins.
From the Robert and Julius Diez collection,EX Gustav Philipsen collection,{part 1,J. Hirsch 15, 28 May 1906 lot 990.soldfor 24 marks
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Sicily Syracuse AR Tetradrachm circa 478-466 BC 17.23 g 23 mm42 viewsCharioteer holding kentron in right hand,reins in left,driving slow quadriga right,above Nike with wings spread,flying right,crowning horses with wreath held in both hands.Rev head of Arethusa right, hair in band and pearl diadem,wearing pearl necklace,and four dolphins swimming around.Struck circa 478-475 BC.Very rare only three examples from this reverse die,one in public collection Munich,one sold by Classical Numismatic Group 94 lot 104.Grant H
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Sicily Syracuse AR Tetradrachm circa 480-475 BC 17.40 g 25 mm 11h Boehringer 11010 viewsCharioteer driving slow quadriga right holding kentron and reins./Nike flying right crowning the horses,head of Arethusa facing right,four dolphins around.
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Sicily Syracuse AR Tetradrachm circa 480-475 BC 20mm 17.33g 8h The Deinomenid Tranny Boehringer 12145 viewsCharioteer driving quadriga to right,Nike above crowning horses.Rev Head of the nymph Arethusa wearing a pearl necklace and headband.Four dolphins swimming right.Grant H
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Sicily Syracuse AR Tetradrachm circa 480-475 BC 25mm 17.17g 9h39 viewsDeinomenid Tyranny,Time of Hieron I.
Charioteer holding kentron and reins,driving slow quadriga right,Nike flying right above,crowning horses.Rev head of Arethusa right,wearing earring,necklace and headband,her hair tied in a krobylos,and four dolphins swimming around.
Overstruck on unknown type?
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Sicily Syracuse AR Tetradrachm circa 485-465 BC 23mm 1723g 11h Boehringer 114 only three known.49 viewsCharioteer driving chariot right,Nike flying right crowning the horses.Rev Diademed head of Arethusa right,four dolphins around.
ex Grabow 16,1957,576.
NGC graded choice VF 4/4
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Sicily Syracuse AR Tetradrachm circa 485-466 BC 23mm 17.27g 9h Boehringer 12357 viewsDeinomenid Tranny struck 478-475 BC Bearded charioteer driving quadriga walking to right,above Nike fltying right to crown the horses.Rev Diademed head of Arethusa to right,wearing a pearl necklace and with her hair falling back behind her neck but turned up beneath her diadem,around four dolphins swimming to right.
From a collection in Ticino formed over twenty years ago.
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Sicily Syracuse AR Tetradrachm circa 485-466 BC 23mm 17.31g 7h Boehringer 12263 viewsBearded charioteer driving quadriga walking to right,above Nike flying right to crown the horses.Rev diadem head of Arethusa to right her hair falling back behind her neck and wearing a pearl didemed and a pearl necklace,around four dolphins swimming right.1 commentsGrant H
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Sicily Syracuse AR Tetradrachm circa 485-466 BC 24mm 17.38g 2h Boehringer 10955 viewsCharioteer guiding quadriga walking slowly to right,Nike flying right to crown the horses.Rev Head of the nymph Arethusa to right,wearing a pearl diadem with a headband

and a pearl necklace,around four dolphins swimming to right.
Rare Boehringer list two coins with these dies.An unusual reverse die with the headband,and with the usual pearl diadem.There are a few dies with this design variation,all grouped within Boehringer 104-121.These are likely the work of a single engraver,whose artistic expression stands out among the products of the Massenpragung as Boehringer called this group.
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Sicily Syracuse AR Tetradrachm circa 485-480 BC 28mm 17.34 g 3h Boehringer 84{V41/R54}7 viewsDeinomenid Tyranny Time of Gelon.Charioteer driving walking quadriga right,holding kentron and reins,Nike flyingright crowning horses.Head of Arethusa right,wearing earring and necklace,hair tied with pearl headband,and four dolphins around.
Extremely Rare
ex Roma auc 5 lot 103 3-23-13,from the Comery collection.NGC 3598769-002 AU Star 5/5
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Sicily Syracuse circa 485-466 BC AR Tetradrachm 23mm 16.86g 6h Boehringer 117 {V53/R42}19 viewsDeinomenid Tyranny Gelon,Charioteer holding kentron and reins, driving slow quadriga right,Nike flying above right crowning the horses./Head of Arethusa right,wearing oearl diadem and necklace,four dolphins around.Grant H
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Sicily, Messana Ar Tetradrachm112 views(412–408 BC)
Obv.: Charioteer driving mule biga left, two dolphins nose to nose in exergue
Rev.: Hare leaping left over horizontal barley ear, dove flying left above, MESSANION in exergue.
Caltabiano 614 ; SNG ANS 378 ; SNG Copenhagen 404.
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Sicily, Syracuse Ar Tetradrachm88 viewsDeinomenid tyranny. Struck under Hieron I (478-475 BC)
Obv.: Charioteer driving slow quadriga, Nike flying above, crowning horses with wreath.
Rev.: Diademed head of Arethusa, four dolphins around.
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Sicily, Syracuse Silver Hemidrachm, Circa 405 BC Time of Dionysios I. Fourrée (?)60 viewsObverse:Helmeted head of Athena facing slightly left; four dolphins around
Reverse:Charioteer driving fast quadriga left; above, Nike flying right, crowning charioteer; two confronting dolphins in ex. aF / aG
1.72 GR . SNG ANS 312

From The Sam Mansourati Collection.
Sam
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Sicily, Syracuse, 450-439 BC18 viewsAR tetradrachm, 16.97g, F
Charioteer driving slow quadriga right; Nike flying right to crown horses / ΣYPAKOΣ, head of Arethusa right, hair in sakkos; four dolphins around.
Sear 931; Boehringer 695
Consigned to Forvm
Lawrence Woolslayer
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Sicily, Syracuse, Agathokles , tetradrachm384 viewsAgathokles (317 - 289 BC), struck ca. 310 - 305 BC
24.5mm, 16.96g
obv: wreathed head of Arethusa left, wearing triple-pendant earring and necklace; three dolphins around, NI below neck
rev: Charioteer, holding kentron and reins, driving fast quadriga left; above, triskeles; ΣΥΡΑΚΟΣΙΩΝ and AN monogram in exergue
(Ierardi 40 (O 7/R 23). SNG ANS 639 (same dies))
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Sicily, Syracuse, Hiketas II, 287-278 BC, Æ 21 24 viewsWreathed head of Kore right; ΣYPA in right field.
Charioteer in biga galloping right, star above, ΠX in exergue.

SNG ANS 763 var. (torch symbol on obverse; X in exergue of reverse).

(21 mm, 9.41 g, 5h).
LWHT Collection; Classical Numismatic Group electronic Auction 167, 27 June 2007, 37; from the Charles Gillet collection; ex-Stacks 23 May 1990, 262.
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SICILY, Syracuse. Agathokles tetradrachm135 viewsstruck 310-305 BC
AR tetradrachm, 17.40 g, 24 mm
Obv: head of the nymph Arethusa left, wearing grain wreath, earring and necklace; around, three dolphins; under, monogram (NK?)
Rev: ΣYPAKOΣIΩN, fast chariot charioteer leads to left, holding reins and kentron; above, triskeles; in exergue, monogram.
Ref: Ierardi 9; SNG Copenhagen 573 goes., SNG ANS 637
from ArtCoinsRoma, auction 8.

Well... this is now far and away my finest coin and will likely remain so for a long time. I'm in love!

Acquiring this coin was challenging to the point of comedy. I detailed the saga here, if you are interested: http://www.cointalk.com/threads/ancient-adventures-in-bidland-agathokles-tetradrachm.243930/
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SICILY, Syracuse. Deinomenid Tyranny, 485-466 BC. Tetradrachm 20 views24mm, 16.58 g 7
Male charioteer, wearing a long chiton and holding a goad in his right hand and the reins in both, driving a walking quadriga to right; above Nike flying right to crown the horses. Rev. ΣVRΑΚΟΣΙΟΝ Head of Arethusa to right, wearing necklace and pearl diadem, and with her hair tied in a krobylos that is bound up and falls over her diadem; around, four dolphins swimming clockwise. Boehringer 73 (V35/R48). Toned. Nearly very fine.


From a Swiss collection, formed before 2005.
Leo
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Siculo Punic Sicily Rasch Melqart AR Tetradrachm circa 350-300 BC 16.97g 26MM 7H29 viewsChairoteer driving quadriga right holding kentron in right hand and reins in left,Nike flying left above to crown charioteer.Rev wreath head of Arethusa wearing triple drop earring, three dolphins swimmingGrant H
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Syracuse Agathokles Tetradrachm110 viewsSyracuse, Sicily. Agathokles (317-289BC). AR tetradrachm- 17,02 gram, ca 310-305BC
Obv: Wreathed head of Arethusa left, three dolphins around, NI below neck
Rev: SURAKOSIWN Charioteer driving quadriga left, holding kentron in right hand, reins in left, triskeles above, AI monogram in exergue. SNG ANS 639. Mac Clean 2818. gVF.
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Syracuse Agathokles Tetradrachm 147 viewsSyracuse, Sicily. Agathokles (317-289BC). AR tetradrachm- 17,02 gram, ca 310-305BC
Obv: Wreathed head of Arethusa left, three dolphins around, NI below neck
Rev: SURAKOSIWN Charioteer driving quadriga left, holding kentron in right hand, reins in left, triskeles above, AI monogram in exergue. SNG ANS 639. Mac Clean 2818. gVF.

The scratch is barely visible in hand, far less distracting that it appears in the picture.
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Syracuse AR Hemidrachm37 viewsObv: Arethusa head l., dolphins either side.
Rev: Triga of horses galloping r., Nike flying toward charioteer.
Year: 399-387 BC
Weight: 1.77 g
Cat #: McClean 2724/25
Notes: Rare
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Syracuse tetradrachm103 viewsSICILY, Syracuse. Deinomenid Tyranny. 485-466 BC. AR Tetradrachm. Struck under Hieron I, circa 475-470 BC. Charioteer driving slow quadriga right, holding kentron and reins; above, Nike flying right, crowning horses with wreath / Diademed head of Arethusa right, wearing single-pendant earring and necklace; four dolphins around. SNG ANS 1072 commentsAuer
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Syracuse Tetradrachm Boehringer.59674 viewsSICILY, Syracuse.
Circa 440-430 BC.
Tetradrachm (17.27 gm)
Charioteer driving walking quadriga left, holding kentron in right hand, reins in both; Nike flying above crowning horses; ketos swimming left in exergue

SY-PAKOSION, head of Arethusa right wearing earrings and necklace with pendant, hair tied with two hair bands, surrounded by four dolphins swimming clockwise.

Boehringer 596 (V294/R402); SNG ANS 194 (same dies); SNG Lockett 947 (same dies); Kraay-Hirmer pl. 30, 89 (reverse die illustrated).

beautiful portrait
rare coin
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Syracuse, Deinomenid Tyranny, Hieron I. 6 viewsSicily, Syracuse, Deinomenid Tyranny, Hieron I. 485-466 BC. AR Tetradrachm (17.37 gm) struck 478-475 BC. Charioteer driving quadriga r., Nike overhead. / Head of Arethusa r., hair in krobylos bound by taenia and wearing pearl necklace, four dolphins around. Σꓦꓤ-ΑΚΟ-ΣΙΟ-Ν (ꓣ inverted). gVF. CNG 81 #153. Ex-Stacks (7 Mar. 2006) #586; Ex-CNG Web Shop #77060. SNG ANS 5 #63 (same obv. die); Boehringer Syrakuse series IXa #198 (V88/R137); Dewing 722 (same dies); HGC 2 #1306. cf. Roma Num. E18 #94 (same dies); NAC A110 #10 (same obv. die). Anaximander
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Syracuse, Deinomenid Tyranny, Hieron I. 9 viewsSicily, Syracuse, Deinomenid Tyranny, Hieron I. 478-466 BC. AR Tetradrachm (17.26 gm) struck c. 478-475 BC. Charioteer driving quadriga r., Nike overhead. / Head of Arethusa r., hair in krobylos bound by taenia of pearls, wearing pearl necklace. Four dolphins around. ΣꓦꓣΑΚΟΣΙΟ-Ν. gVF. Boehringer VIIIb #146 (V65/R100); Randazzo 356; SNG Cop 1 #625; HGC 2 #1307 (same obv. die); Same dies: ACNAC Davis #49; Jameson 1908; Cosimo 209. cf. CNG 94 #106.1 commentsAnaximander
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Syracuse, Second Democracy14 viewsSicily, Syracuse, Second Democracy. 466-405 BC. AR Tetradrachm (17.21 gm) struck 450-440 BC. Charioteer driving slow quadriga r., holding kentron, Nike overhead. ex: ketos (sea serpent) r. / Hd. of Arethusa r., hair in krobylos bound by taenia, wearing earrings and necklace; four dolphins around. Σꓦ-ꓣΑΚΟΣ-Ι-Ο-Ͷ (Ν retrograde). EF. 19 known. SNG Lockett 941 (same dies); SNG Lloyd 1326 (same rev. die); Bement 475 (same dies); Boehringer series XVIb #564 (V285/R379); HGC 2 #1311; SNG Munchen 1023 (same dies). SNG ANS -; SNG Cop -; cf. NAC 82 #56; Baldwin 75 #2158.
You can see a near identical type here, in the Best of Type gallery, from the collection of Joe Sermarini.
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Slavey Replica of Kimon Signed Silver Tetradrachm
16.78 gm, 28 mm
Obv.: Head of Arethusa facing three-quarters left wearing pearl earrings and necklace; hair flowing in loose tresses; across her forehead ampyx with the signature KIMΩN. Around her, four dolphins emerging from curls. APEΘOSA above, outside linear border. In field left, ΣΩ (savior).
Rev.: Quadriga at speed with prancing horses driven left by chiton-clad charioteer, holding kentron in right hand and reins in left; above, Nike flying right to crown him.
ΣYPAKOΣIΩN in exergue.

Stamped СЛАВЕИ (Slavey in Cyrillic) on edge.

Ancients.info Slavey GK-0944
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Syracuse, Sicily83 views317-289 B.C.
Slavey Replica of Agathokles Silver Tetradrachm
16.42 gm, 30 mm
Obv.: Head of Arethusa facing left wreathed in grain leaves, wearing triple pendant earrings and pearl necklace; Around her swim three dolphins.
Rev.: Quadriga with prancing horses driven left by chiton-clad charioteer, holding kentron in right hand and reins in left; above, Nike flying right to crown.
ΣYPAKOΣIΩN in exergue, AI mongram below.

Stamped СЛАВЕИ (Slavey in Cyrillic) on edge and engraved in exergue line.

Ancients.info Slavey GK-0971
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Syracuse, Sicily108 viewsRobert Ready Electrotype Replica of Kimon Signed Silver Tetradrachm
14.61 gm, 27 mm
Obv.: Head of Arethusa facing three-quarters left wearing pearl earrings and necklace; hair flowing in loose tresses; across her forehead ampyx with the signature KIMΩN. Around her, four dolphins emerging from curls. APEΘOSA above, outside linear border. In field left, ΣΩ (savior).
Rev.: Quadriga at speed with prancing horses driven left by chiton-clad charioteer, holding kentron in right hand and reins in left; above, Nike flying right to crown him.
ΣYPAKOΣIΩN in exergue.

Stamped RR on edge
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Syracuse, Sicily, Tyrant Agathokles, 317 - 289 B.C.219 viewsSilver tetradrachm, Ierardi 40 (O7/R23), SNG ANS 639 (same dies), SNG Delepierre 701, SNG Lloyd 1479, Boston MFA 460, HGC 2 1348 (S), SNG Cop -, SNG München -, gVF, superb classical style, excellent centering on a tight flan, toned, flan flaw on obverse, Syracuse mint, weight 16.954g, maximum diameter 25.2mm, die axis 270o, c. 317 - 310/305 B.C.; obverse head of Persephone (or Arethusa) left, crowned with grain, wearing triple-drop earrings and a pearl necklace, surrounded by three dolphins, NI below; reverse quadriga galloping left, young charioteer wearing long chiton, kentron in right hand, reins in left hand, triskeles above; ΣYPAKOΣIΩN over AI monogram in exergue; ex Helios Numismatik, auction 6 (9 March 2011), lot 345; scarce.



With an army of mercenaries, through deceit, and after banishing or murdering some 10,000 citizens, Agathocles made himself master of Syracuse and later most of Sicily. Machiavelli wrote of him, "It cannot be called prowess to kill fellow-citizens, to betray friends, to be treacherous, pitiless, and irreligious" and cited him as an example of "those who by their crimes come to be princes." According to the historian Justin, very early in life Agathocles parlayed his remarkable beauty into a career as a prostitute, first for men, and later, after puberty, for women, and then made a living by robbery before becoming a soldier and marrying a rich widow.

FOVM Ancient Coins / From The Sam Mansourati Collection.
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