Italy. Sicily, Leontinoi.
Tetradrachm, c. 420 - 415 BC. (Silver, 17.47g., 25.2mm). Laureate head of Apollo to right, his hair short / ΛΕΟΝ-Τ-ΙΝ-Ο-Ν. Lion’s head right; four barley corns around. Boehringer 66 (same dies). McClean 2342 (same dies). Rizzo pl. XXIV, 13 (this coin).
This wonderful head of Apollo is fully classical in technique: it was, in fact, produced by a master engraver who also worked at Katane (see Boehringer pl. 13, D). The head no longer has any numinous character, but surely resembles a typical representative of the local aristocracy, a ‘golden youth’; in fact, he was very possibly modeled on an actual person known to the engraver.
Grading/Status: Extremely rare, beautifully toned and of superb style. A remarkable coin and the best example known of the type. Some minor striking faults, otherwise, extremely fine.
Triton XIII, 5 January 2010, 40.
Numismatica Ars Classica 8, 3 April 1995, 137.
Collection of R. A. van Every, Bank Leu 15, 4 May 1976, 82.
Monnaies et Médailles XXVIII, 19 June 1964, 50.
Ars Classica XVII, 3 October 1934, 167.
From the stock of J. Hirsch.