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    Rare Leaping Stallion

    SICULO-PUNIC. Entella. Ca. 350-320/15 BC. AR tetradrachm (28mm, 16.83 gm, 11h). NGC Choice XF 5/5 - 2/5, Fine Style. Head of Arethusa (or Tanit-Persephone) left, wearing barley wreath, triple pendant earring and pearl necklace / Stallion leaping in front of palm tree with two clusters of dates. Jenkins SNR 56, 2D, 126 (O42/R114). Gulbenkian 363. HGC 2, 279 (R1). Minor reverse delaminations, otherwise a rare and particularly stunning variety, deeply struck on a broad flan.

    From the Northern California Collection. Acquired from Freeman & Sear, 2002.

    The mint location for this remarkable tetradrachm type, depicting a serene female head backed with a powerful leaping horse, has long been a mystery as the coin lacks any legend, letters or identifying symbols. In his HGC 2 volume covering Sicily, Oliver Hoover has assigned this type to the Punic mint of Entella in the mid-fourth century BC. Whatever the mint location, the die engraver employed for this type was surely a Greek coin master of the highest order, as it stands head and shoulders above most Siculo-Punic issues in terms of style and artistry.


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