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    Last Deinomenid Issue

    SICILY. Syracuse. Deinomenid Tyranny. Ca. 485-465 BC. AR tetradrachm (27mm, 17.36 gm, 11h).  Struck under Hieron I or Thrasybulos, ca. 467- 465 BC. Charioteer, holding kentron in right hand and reins in left, driving slow quadriga right; above, Nike flying to right, crowning horses with open wreath held in both hands; ketos swimming to right in exergue / ΣV-RA-K-OΣIO-N, head of Arethusa right, hair bound in pearl band, wearing loop earring with single pendant and pearl necklace; four dolphins around. HGC 2, 1309. Boehringer 408 (V211/R288). SNG ANS 128. Hunterian 20; Bement 1050 (all from the same dies). Rare. Superbly lustrous metal with light golden toning. NGC MS? 5/5 - 5/5.

    From The California Collection. 

    This issue represents one of the last Syracuse tetradrachms struck under the Deinomenid tyranny. Thrasybulos, younger brother of Hieron I, seized power upon the death of his brother, who had ruled with a firm hand and been a liberal patron of the arts. Thrasybulos showed no such talent for ruling and embarked on a reign of terror, executing many prominent citizens and using their confiscated cash to pay his mercenary army. The citizenry rebelled and sought help from Acragas and Gela, who were happy to provide assistance in return for obtaining freedom from Syracusan domination. Thrasybulos was forced into exile in Locris, the the Syracusans formed a democratic government that lasted for the next six decades. The design of this coin is deliberately archaizing, being closely patterned on much earlier issues of Syracuse. 




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