USD 50000 - 75000
NGC AncientsCh XF
SICILY. Syracuse. Dionysios I, 406-367 B.C. AR Dekadrachm (43.27 gms), Reverse die signed by Euainetos, ca. 405-390 B.C. NGC Ch EF★, Strike: 5/5 Surface: 4/5. Fine Style. HGC-2, 1299; Gallatin dies-D.II/R.IX, #23 = Jameson-827 (this coin); SNG Lloyd-1413 (same dies); Boston MFA-425 (same dies). Obverse: Charioteer, holding kentron and reins, driving quadriga left; above, crowning Nike flying right; below heavy exergual line, military harness, shield, greaves, cuirass, and crested Attic helmet, all connected by a horizontal spear; AΘΛA below; Reverse: Head of Arethousa left, wearing wreath of grain ears, triple-pendant earring, and pearl necklace; ΣΥ-ΡΑ-Κ-ΟΣ-ΙΩΝ above, Δ below chin, four dolphins around, and EY-AINE along lower edge below bottom dolphin.
Undoubtedly one of the fabled types of antiquity, the Syracusan Dekadrachms are endlessly sought after given the ambitious artistry that their large flans allow as a canvas. Even more desired are those which are signed by their creators, such as this stunning example. Located below that dolphin that gracefully swims under the neck of Arethousa, the signature--abbreviated as EYAINE(TOΣ)--can be seen, as the artist clearly wanted to leave his mark for all to see and remember. <strong>RARELY </strong>encountered as such, and especially on a flan of good metal that has survived quite wholesomely and problem-free. Rather attractively toned, and with a well centered strike upon each side, this alluring specimen should garner spirited enthusiasm and interest, as it stands as a stunning artistic relic from the height Sicilian engraving. Compare to similar well centered and tremendously preserved example (<em>an NGC Ch AU★, Strike: 5/5 Surface: 5/5, Fine Style</em>), though rather importantly, from <em>unsigned </em>dies in the style of Euainetos, that realized a total of $348,000 [!] in August 2014.
Though mentioned in the Jameson catalog as emanating from the collection of R. Hobart Smith, a search of the latter collectors 1897 sale by Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge reveals that a different signed Dekadrachm by the hand of Euainetos was offered (Gallatin dies-C.III/R.III, #6). Quite possibly, Jameson became confused in that the Egger sale in which this specimen was offered also featured a Dekadrachm from the aforementioned die pairing (Gallatin dies-C.III/R.III, #5, and appearing in the Egger sale as Lot # 176). The present specimen as Lot # 175 in that Egger sale.
From the Mark and Lottie Salton Collection.
Ex: Robert Jameson Collection, # 827.
Ex: Egger XVIII (12/1906) Lot # 175.