SICILY. GELA. Ca. 490/475 BC.
Silver AR Didrachm, 8.78 g.
Obv. Cavalryman right, spearing fallen opponent. Rev. Head of youthful river god within laurel wreath. PUBLISHED: G. Kenneth Jenkins, The Coinage of Gela (Berlin, 1970), 463.6 (THIS COIN); Karl Schefold, Meisterwerke griechischer Kunst (1960), no. 470 (THIS COIN, here listed as part of a collection from Basel); K.Lange, Götter Griechenlands (1941), no. 56 (THIS COIN, here listed as being in a private collection in Berlin); sold in Munzen und Medaillen Deutschland 8, 2001, 32 and previously in Munzen und Medaillen Basel 8, 1937, 108.
NGC graded VF, Strike 3/5, Surface 2/5, “FINE STYLE”, with some of the prestigious pedigree mentioned on the label. An artistically exceptional coin from Greek Sicily that despite its worn obverse has been treated for decades as a true work of art and incorporated into two outstanding publications of Greek coins – Lange’s study of Greek gods (Gods of Greece from 1941) and the famous volume by Karl Schefold, Masterpieces of Greek Art from 1960.