SICULO-PUNIC SICILY SILVER TETRADRACHM – BEAUTIFUL LILYBAION ISSUE WITH ARETHUSA & CHARIOTEER USED AS HGA PLATE COIN – CHOICE XF NGC GRADED GREEK SICILY PUNIC COIN (Inv. 12618)
SICILY. Siculo-Punic Issue imitating Sicilian coinage, attributed to Lilybaion (as ‘Cape of Melkart’).
Silver Tetradrachm, 17.23 g., 24 mm. Ca. 330-305 BC.
Obv. Nike crowning charioteer driving quadriga right, caduceus left, RŠMLQRT (in Punic) in exergue.
Rev. Wreathed head of Arethusa left, two dolphins right, barley grain to left.
HGC 2, 742 (THIS COIN USED AS PLATE COIN); Jenkins, Punic 32 (O13/R25); Weber 1477 (same dies).
Ex Leu 95, 10/25/2005), lot 5410.
NGC graded as CHOICE XF, Surface 4/5, Strike 5/5, “overstruck,” the HGC publication data properly noted on holder. A coin with great eye appeal and delicate iridescent highlights over a pleasant gray old cabinet patina, the specimen chosen by the editors of the Handbook of Greek Coinage to illustrate that particular variety.