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The Garrulus Collection of Numismatic Rarities and Masterpieces

(Ancient Greek, Medieval, and Modern Coins)



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Tetradrachm c. 340 BC, (16.87 g, 6 h) Quadriga galloping to left; above, Nike flying right to crown the charioteer who bends forward, holding kentron in his right hand and the reins in his left; in exergue, Punic inscription SYS; above the head of the farthest horse, star. Rv. Head of Kore-Persephone to left, wearing necklace, triple-pendant earring and corn wreath; below chin, swastika; around four dolphins. Jenkins pl. 21, 70 (same dies). Rizzo pl. 66, 1 and SNG Lockett (same dies). Sehr selten / Very rare. Einige kleine Korrosionsstellen, sonst fast prägefrisch / Minor traces of corrosion, otherwise, virtually as struck. Von herrlichem Stil / Of lovely, purely Greek style.

From auction Leu 76, Zurich, October 1999, lot 45.
From auction Monnaies et Médailles SA 32, Basel, October 1966, lot 68.

This wonderful coin was inspired by the Syracusan Arethusa heads of Euainetos and is the most beautiful of all the Siculo-Punic tetradrachms of Panormos. It was surely engraved by a Greek artist, possibly by a disciple of Euainetos himself. The swastika, which in the entire Siculo-Punic coinage only occurs on this reverse die, is a puzzle. Jenkins provides no explanation for its appearance, though it is, of course, a well-known solar symbol.