AGATHOKLES SILVER TETRADRACHM – EARLY FINE STYLE KORE/NIKE WITH TROPHY ISSUE – AU FINE STYLE NGC GRADED GREEK SICILY COIN (Inv. 13761)
SICILY. SYRACUSE. AGATHOCLES, ca. 317-289 BC.
Silver Tetradrachm, 17.12 g., 24 mm., struck ca. 310-306 BC.
Obv. KOPAΣ, wreathed head of Kore right.
Rev. AΓAΘOKΛEOΣ, Nike standing right, nailing armor to trophy, AI monogram beneath left wing, triskeles in right field.
Ierardi 100 (O 21 / R 58).
NGC graded AU, Strike 4/5, Surface 5/5, FINE STYLE. 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.