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NYINC Signature Sale 3044  3-4 January 2016
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Lot 31006

Estimate: 4000 USD
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SICILY. Syracuse. Agathocles (317-289 BC). EL hemistater / drachm or 50 litrae (15mm, 3.63 gm, 7h). Struck ca. 310-305 BC. Laureate head of Apollo left / ΣYΡΑK-[Ο]ΣΙΩΝ, tripod with high ring handles. HGC 2, 1294. Jenkins group B. With a beautiful portrait of Apollo in the highest Classical style. NGC Choice AU* 5/5 - 5/5. Apollo is the rare Olympian deity whose name is the same in both Greek and Roman variants. He is also the most complex of the Olympians, being god of the sun, light, music, healing, truth, prophecy, poetry, and far more. The son of Zeus and Leto, daughter of two Titans, Apollo is also the twin brother of Artemis, the Huntress, with whom he shares a special affinity. Apollo is usually represented as the ideal korous, or virile young man, although his long hair and perfect features give him an almost feminine beauty. His main attribute is the lyre, and music was one of his gifts to mankind. Apollo was worshipped as patron god of many Greek cities and is widely depicted on many classical and Hellenistic coins, and die engravers depicted him in many ways, from the stylized, placid face seen on gold staters of Philip of Macedon to the highly individualized head seen on this gorgeous electrum piece of Syracuse. He was equally popular in Rome and appeared on dozens of coin types minted during the Roman Republic and Empire.

Estimate: 4000-5000 USD
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