Ancient Greek Silver Dekadrachm Coin by Kimon from Syracuse-405 BC For Sale
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Ancient Greek Silver Dekadrachm Coin by Kimon from Syracuse-405 BC

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A masterpiece of classical Greek art with a remarkable provenance. One of the largest and most beautiful silver coins struck in antiquity. A silver Dekadrachm signed by the brilliant engraver, Kimon. Minted in Syracuse, circa 405-400 BC. The reverse with the head of the water nymph Arethusa, patron deity of Syracuse. She is shown submerged in her fresh water spring, wearing a single drop earring and pearl necklace, loose curls of hair springing from underneath her hairnet, a trio of playful dolphins surround her, jumping and diving. The bottom dolphin inscribed with the signature of the artist: ???O? The band of the Ampyx with his initial, ‘K’. The obverse with a four horse chariot, the charioteer straining at the reins and striking with his goad, his flowing drapery billowing behind. Above, the goddess of Victory descends, about to crown the charioteer with a wreath. Below, a collection of arms, including aspis (shield), greaves, cuirass and crested Attic helmet, all joined by a horizontal spear. The legend reading: ?T?? “Prizes”. Weight: 43.50 g Measures: Diameter 35.70 mm Provenance: Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, acquired prior to 1878. Deaccessioned in exchange for a large group of Ptolemaic tetradrachms, from H. Cahn, 1961. Münzen und Medaillen XXV, 17th November 1962, lot 419 (Described as Chef-d'œuvre du célèbre graveur syracusain et peut-être sa creation la plus attachante - Superbe.) Published: H. Cohen, Registres produits pour la gestion des collections conservées au Département des monnaies , médailles et antiques (anciennement Cabinet des médailles). - Inventaires et catalogues. Numismatique. Monnaies grecques. Catalogue des monnaies grecques d’Italie et de Sicile (1878), p.265. Coin 1180. J. Foville, Choix des monnaies grecques du Cabinet de France, Revue Numismatique 1913, pl. I, 173. J.H. Jongkees. The Kimonian Dekadrachms, a contribution to Sicilian numismatics, Utrecht 1941, 3p.   

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    H 1.38 in. x Dm 1.38 in.H 3.5 cm x Dm 3.5 cm
  • Diameter
    1.38 in. (3.5 cm)
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    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    LU1052215657292
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