NGC 25th Anniversary Display ** 2012 FUN SHOW EXHIBIT **
SYRACUSE (c.405-390 B.C.). SILVER DECADRACHM
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||ANCIENT - GREEK CIVIC (7th CENT BC - 1st CENT AD) SICILY, SYRACUSE c.405-370 BC (Euainetos)
||AR Decadrachm quadriga/Arethusa Gallatin RXVIII/FVIII
||NGC Ch XF Surface: 5/5 Surface: 5/5
Silver decadrachms (ten-drachm coins) were among the largest ancient Greek silver coins. A variety of decadrachms were struck, but those generally thought to be the most beautiful were produced on the island of Sicily. By far the most influential of the Sicilian types is represented here. It shows a chariot in high action and the head of a goddess (Arethusa?) surrounded by four dolphins. This style of decadrachm was created by the engraver Euainetos, and then perpetuated by other gifted engravers at the Syracuse mint. The completeness, condition and beauty of the present example are unusually fine.