Very Rare Ancient Greek South Italian Silver Drachm Coin of Rhegion - 478 BC

Ancient Coins - Very Rare Ancient Greek South Italian Silver Drachm Coin of Rhegion - 478 BC
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An extremely rare and interesting ancient Greek silver drachm from the Greek South Italian colony of Rhegion, Bruttium. Struck under Tyrant Anaxilas circa 478 - 476 BC.


The obverse with Anaxilas seated and driving biga of mules right, holding reins in both hands.


The reverse with young hare with pinned back ears springing right. The legend reading:


RECINON


"Of the Rhegions"



Anaxilas came to power at Rhegion in 494 B.C. and soon after conquering the Sicilian city of Messana (formerly Zankle) began to issue a series of biga/hare coinage at both Rhegion and Messana.


We know from the writings of Aristotle that Anaxilas won the mule-biga race at the Olympic games of 484 or 480, a joyous occasion for Rhegion which is here proudly commemorated on his coinage. The charming reverse type of the bounding hare celebrates another of the Tyrant's achievements for it is also written that Anaxilas was responsible for introducing the hare to Sicily, where it has henceforth flourished.


A far rarer piece than the well known tetradrachms of this type, nicely toned and one of the finest examples we have ever seen on the market.



Diameter: 24 mm.


Weight: 4.25 g.


Provenance:


Ex. collection of Parisian Dr L.A. acquired during the 1980's.


Dr LA formed one of the most charming and personal collections of ancient coins that we have handled. The theme was his childhood passion for animals, which began at the age of seven when he found and nursed a young, wounded owl.


He collected for many years, selecting only beautiful and well preserved examples. The coins he purchased show depictions of wild animals, a fascination that he shared with the
artists who made them.


What marks this collection out in particular is the wonderful, old cabinet toning these coins enjoy, giving the designs a pleasing depth that truly enhances their beauty.


ArtAncient purchased nearly the entire collection. Having been off the market for many years we are proud to make these carefully selected and much loved coins available to a new generation of collectors.


A photograph of the Dr L.A.'s collection is available to the new owner, upon request.

Ancient Coins - Very Rare Ancient Greek South Italian Silver Drachm Coin of Rhegion - 478 BC
价格 品种: 23656
US$ 1,950.00
  • € 1,595.10
  • £ 1,378.26
  • AUD 2,443.15
  • CHF 1,766.70
  • CAD 2,433.60

利率: 02/25/21

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