AGATHOCLES SILVER TETRADRACHM – EARLY FINE STYLE KORE/NIKE ISSUE EX STERNBERG 1982 AND PUBLISHED IN IERARDI – CHOICE XF NGC GRADED GREEK SICILY COIN (Inv. 15437)
SICILY. SYRACUSE. AGATHOCLES, ca. 317-289 BC.
Silver Tetradrachm, 16.94 g, 24 mm., struck ca. 310-306 BC.
Obv. KOPAΣ, wreathed head of Kore right.
Rev. AΓAΘOKΛ[EOΣ], Nike standing right, nailing armor to trophy, AI monogram beneath left wing, triskeles in right field.
Ierardi 103e (O 21 / R 64 – this coin, but there incorrectly identified as being from Münzhandlung Basel 4, lot 538); Boston MFA 463 = Warren 406 (same dies)
Ex Gemini I, 1/11/2005, 48 = Sternberg XII, 11/18/1982, 78.
NGC graded CHOICE XF, Strike 4/5, Surface 3/5, “scratches”, Sternberg pedigree noted on label, with violet highlights. This coin belongs to the early part of a series that represents Agathocles’ efforts at creating a totally new type of coinage, different from the Classical Syracuse emissions which he recreated as well. The obverse depicts a delicately classicizing head of the goddess Kore (Persephone). The reverse is devoted to a depiction of Nike (Victory), nailing the enemy’s armor to a trophy, an image that later became a staple of Roman triumphal art. While the early emissions are struck from exceptionally artistic dies, like this specimen, the later products of the same series are of a much cruder style, and some scholars have even suggested that those are not the products of the Syracuse mint.