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Auction 8  23 Oct 2021
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Lot 33

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Estimate: 15 000 CHF
Price realized: 30 000 CHF

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SICILY. Syracuse. Second Democracy, 466-405 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 26 mm, 17.10 g, 2 h), dies signed by Euainetos, circa 415-413. Charioteer driving quadriga galloping to right, holding kentron in his right hand and reins in his left; above, Nike flying left, holding in her hands a wreath and a tablet bearing the signature EYAIN/ETO; in exergue, two dolphins facing each other. Rev. ΣYPAKOΣIΩN Head of Arethusa to left, wearing hook earring and pearl necklace and with her hair bound by an ampyx in the front and a sphendone ornamented with three stars in the back; before and behind, two pairs of dolphins facing each other; on the belly of the dolphin swimming upward before Arethusa's mouth, EYAI. BMFA 407 (same dies). Fischer-Bossert, Coins 42 = Tudeer 42 (O14/R24). Franke-Hirmer pl. 33, 101 (same dies). Gulbenkian 277 (same dies). Very rare. A splendid example in the finest early style of Euainetos, with both signatures clearly legible and a magnificent reverse. The obverse struck slightly off center and somewhat rough, and with some minor scratches on the reverse, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.


From the collection of Regierungsrat Dr. iur. Hans Krähenbühl, privately acquired from Münzen & Medaillen AG on 30 March 1979 (with photocopies of the original invoice and correspondence between Dr. Herbert A. Cahn and Dr. Hans Krähenbühl regarding the acquisition of this coin enclosed).
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