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    Broad Flan Gela Tetradrachm

    SICILY. Gela. Ca. 415-405 BC. AR tetradrachm (29mm, 17,19 gm, 2h). NGC XF 4/5 - 5/5, Fine Style, overstruck. Charioteer driving racing quadriga left, holding kentron and reins, eagle flying left above, ear of barley in exergue /  ΓΕΛ[ΑΣ] (retrograde, the last letters obscured by die break) forepart of man-faced bull (river-god Gelas) running right, barley grain above. HGC 2, 359 (R2). Jenkins Group IX, 484 (same dies). SNG ANS 100 (same dies). SNG Lockett 778. Very rare. Overstruck on an earlier coin, with traces of undertype. Struck on a broad, oval flan and unusually complete, with wonderful old cabinet tone.

    Ex 51 Gallery (October 2014), lot 13; Kricheldorf 23 (1971), lot 11.

    Gela was located on the southern coast of Sicily and took its name from the nearby River Gelas, whose river god appears (as a rather benevolent-looking man-faced bull) on the city's coinage from the early fifth century BC. By the mid sixth century BC, Gela had grown so populous that it sent out colonists to found the city of Acragas. From about 498 BC Gela was run by a succession of strong men or "tyrants" (the word did not have the same negative connotation as it has today), including Gelon I, who also seized control of Syracuse in 485 BC and established the Deinomenid Tyranny. Gela was besieged and sacked by the Carthaginians in 405 BC and never quite recovered its former prominence. 


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