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    SICILY. Camarina. Ca. 425-405 BC. AR tetradrachm (25mm, 17.08 gm, 2h). NGC Choice Fine 5/5 - 4/5. Athena driving racing quadriga left, Nike flying right above holding wreath to crown driver, KAMAPINA (retrograde) exergue / ΚΑΜΡ, bearded head of mature Heracles left, wearing skin of Nemean lion. Westermark-Jenkins 131.4 (dies O1/R12). Very rare.

    Ex CNG 40, (4 December 1996), lot 753.

    Founded in 599 BC, Camarina began striking large denomination coins in about 425 BC and immediately produced a masterpiece. The design featured a Syracusan-style galloping quadriga on the obverse, and on the reverse a powerful and mature head of Heracles wearing the skin of the Nemean lion. The Heracles type advertised Camarina's Dorian origins and was widely copied in the Greek world, ultimately, in somewhat modified form, being adopted by Alexander the Great of Macedon. Camarina's period of peace and prosperity was relatively brief, however, as the city suffered repeated depredations in the Carthaginian wars of the fourth century BC. The last bronze coins were struck there circa 300 BC.


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