Italy. Sicily, Syracuse.
Tetradrachm, c. 310 - 304 BC, under Agathokles. (Silver, 16.62g., 27mm). ΚΟΡΑΣ Head of Kore to right, wearing grain wreath and pendant earring / Reverse: ΑΓΑΘΟΚΛΕΟΣ Nike, bare to the waist, standing right, attaching armor to trophy to her right, she holds a nail in her right hand and a hammer in her left; to right, triskeles of legs running to right; to left, monogram of ΑΝΙ. Basel 512 (this coin). Ierardi 88b (dies O18/R57). McClean 2835 (these dies).
This coin was struck both to pay Agathokles’ troops and to commemorate Agathokles’ rather ephemeral victories against Carthage in Africa. It was struck using one of the most elegant and attractive die pairs in the whole series, with a noble head of Kore and a particularly graceful figure of Nike.
Grading/Status: Lightly toned and particularly attractive; perfectly centered on a broad flan. Good extremely fine.
Star collection, Numismatica Ars Classica 48, 21 October 2008, 53.
Collection of A. Moretti – displayed in the Basel Museum, Numismatica Ars Classica 13, 8 October 1998, 512.