MESSANA SILVER TETRADRACHM – LATE 5th CENTURY ISSUE EX NORMAN DAVIS, PUBLISHED BY CALTABIANO AND PEDIGREED BACK TO THE BARON VON SCHENNIS HIRSCH SALE OF NOVEMBER 1913 – CHOICE VF FINE STYLE NGC GRADED GREEK SICILY COIN (Inv. 17716)
SICILY. MESSANA. Ca. 412-408 BC.
Silver tetradrachm, 17.24 g, 25 mm.
Obv. Charioteer driving biga of mules left, Nike flying above right, crowning him, facing dolphins in exergue. Rev. MEΣΣ-AN-ION, hare springing right, youthful head of Pan below.
Caltabiano, Monetazione, Series XVA, 611.5 = 611.19 (D219/R240); Troxell, Davis Collection, 39 (this coin); HGC 2, 795.
Ex NAC 88, 10/8/2015, lot 564; Münzen und Medaillen AG, FPL 513, August, 1988, no. 7; Norman Davis Collection, NFA XI, 12/8/1982, lot 28; Baron Friedrich von Schennis et al, Hirsch XXXIII, 11/17/1913, 387 (purchased by Spink for 130 marks).
NGC graded CHOICE VF, Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5, FINE STYLE, Caltabiano 611.5 and Hirsch pedigrees noted on label, an elegant specimen of this variety with an very early provenance dating back to before the Great War.
Published: Vilmar Fixed Price List IV, no. 20.