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10-Drachma Piece of the Greek City of Syracuse

5th-4th centuries BC

Silver diam 34 mm, wt 43.09 g

The people of Syracuse are thought to have made large coins such as this for presentation as prizes at the annual games. The obverse shows the head of the nymph Arethusa; the reverse shows a charioteer being crowned by Nike, goddess of victory. The skilful composition and execution of this coin make it one of the most famous masterpieces of the coin-engraver's art.

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