GREEK COINS. SICILIA.
SYRACUSE. Tetradrachm, signed by the master engravers Euainetos and Eukleidas, about 425- 413 BC. AR 17.35 g. Fast quadriga r., the standing driver holds the kentron in his r. hand, three of the for reins with his l. hand, the fourth rein dragging between the forelegs of the horses; the driver is crowned by Nike flying l.; on the exergual line, signature ΕΥΑΙΝΕΤΟ in tiny letters; in exergue, broken wheel. Rev. ΣΥΡΑΚΟΣΙΟΣ Head of Arethusa l., hair in ampyx and sphendone decorated with stars, wearing double-hooked earring and necklace; signature ΕΥΚΛΕΙ on the lower border of the sphendone; around, four dolphins. Fischer-Bossert, CAT 138, 37 (same dies); SNG ANS 266 (same dies); Tudeer 26, 37 (same dies).
Rare. Masterpiece and highlight of the summit of classical Syracusan coinage.
Surfaces slightly cleaned, otherwise extremely fine
Provenance: Auction Gallery 51, Brussels 17 June 2016, 24.