Tetradrachm - Agathokles

Features

Issuer Syracuse (Sicily)
Tyrant Agathocles (317 BC - 304 BC)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 310 BC - 305 BC
Value Tetradrachm = 4 Drachm (4)
Currency Litra
Composition Silver
Weight 17.24 g
Diameter 26 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Variable alignment ↺
Demonetized Yes
Number N# 196278
Numista (https://numista.com)
References SNG ANS 1# 664,
Joan E. Fischer; 1969. Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum / Part 1. Etruria-Calabria : The Collection of the American Numismatic Society. American Numismatic Society, New York, United States.
HGCS# 2, 1536,
Oliver D. Hoover; 2018. The Handbook of Greek Coinage Series / Volume 1. Handbook of Coins of Italy and Magna Graecia : Sixth to First Centuries BC. Classical Numismatic Group, Lancaster, Pennsylvania - London, United Kingdom.
And 10 more volumes.
SNG Cop# 764,
Niels Breitenstein, Willy Schwabacher; 1942. Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum: Royal Collection of Coins and Medals. Danish National Museum / Volume 1. Italy, Part 1 : Etruria - Campania. Einar Munksgaard, Copenhagen, Denmark.
And 43 more volumes.
SNG-B Lloy# 1488
Andrew Meadows, Peter Bagwell Purefoy, Edward S. G. Robinson; 1933. Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum (Great Britain) / Volume 2. The Lloyd Collection / Parts 1-2. Etruria to Thurium. Oxford University Press, London, United Kingdom.
And 3 more volumes.

Obverse

Head of Kore right, wearing earring, necklace and wreath of grain ears.

Lettering: ΚΟΡΑΣ

Reverse

Nike standing right, wearing drapery that falls to waist, erecting trophy to right; AI monogram to lower left, triskeles to right, ΑΓΑΘΟΚΛΕΟΣ in exergue.

Lettering: ΑΓΑΘΟΚΛΕΟΣ

Mint

Syracuse, Italy

Comments

Ierardi 95 (O19/R61); Gulbenkian 336.

The coin in the main image (17.24g, 26mm, 11h. Extremely Fine, toned):
◦ Auctioned by Roma Numismatics Ltd, Auction XVII, 28 March 2019, Lot 367. Sold for 4,000 GBP;
◦ Auctioned by Baldwin's - Markov - M&M - Goldberg, The New York Sale XL, 11 January 2017, lot 1024;
◦ Auctioned by Alfred Franklin Collection, Baldwin's Auctions Ltd., Auction 99, 4 May 2016, lot 84;
◦ Auctioned by Spink & Son Ltd, Numismatic Circular volume CXI no.5, October 2003, item GK1016.

After the usurpation of Agathokles (317 BC), Syracuse became the sole city minting coinage in Sicily. Agathokles is often depicted as a cruel tyrant, and achieved little of lasting historical importance. After his death, a period of anarchy followed, and a damnatio memoriae was decreed in his name. Nevertheless, his patronage of the arts left a legacy of beauty as embodied by a small number of surviving works of art, including some stunning coins. His reign marked a brisk transition from the conservative late-classicism to early-Hellenistic period, as reflected by the designs of these coins.

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Date VG F VF XF AU UNC
ND (310 BC - 305 BC) 

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Past sales

Pictures Sale Date Grade Price
Picture 1 of a sold Tetradrachm - Agathokles
Nomos AG
Auction 21
Lot 10
Internet Archive
Nov 21, 2020 XF 17 032.90 USD
(15 730.00 CHF)
(incl. buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold Tetradrachm - AgathoklesPicture 1 of a sold Tetradrachm - AgathoklesPicture 1 of a sold Tetradrachm - Agathokles
CNG
Triton XXIV
Lot 10
Internet Archive
Jan 19, 2021 VF 5 000.00 USD

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