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SICILY, Syracuse. Circa 482-480 BC. AR Tetradrachm. Unusual obverse die!


SICILY, Syracuse. Circa 482-480 BC. AR Tetradrachm - 23mm (17.24 g). Charioteer driving walking quadriga right, holding kentron and reins; Nike flying above and crowning horses / Diademed head of Arethusa right; four dolphins swimming clockwise around. Boehringer 89 (V44/R58); SNG ANS 23 (same obverse die). Nice VF, well centered. The obverse of the Syracusan Tetradrachm shows a charioteer driving a quadriga right. On nearly all the dies though, only two horse heads are visible. Only two dies, this one (V44) and V45 show all four horse heads.

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Very nice. I've often wondered why the dies for this series are always a bit too big for the flan...makes well centered examples like this one unfortunately rare.



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