John060167 Posted February 15 · Member Share Posted February 15 (edited) Hello, long time no see! Its 3:50am the morning after valentines day and my mind won’t let me sleep tonight, so here we go…🤣 I have not posted here in a while…mostly was posting Roman stuff before, but now its Greek season for me so gonna post some more Greek coins I’ve had picked up! Here is a really awesome one I picked up at the last NYINC: Sicily, Syracuse AR tetradrachm, 23mm, 16.92g, 6h struck 415-405bc, second democracy era double signed dies by eumenos Tudeer 31 (v11/r21) Obv: charioteer , driving galloping quadriga left , holding kentron in right hand, reins in both; nike flying above, crowning charioteer; in exergue, dolphin chasing fish to right, EV signature below horses Rev: ΣΥΡΑΚΟΣΙΟΝ, head of arethusa left, wearing earring and necklace, four dolphins swimming around. EV signature below neck Whats awesome about this coin is that it was struck during the height of Syracusan numismatic art following the defeat of the Athenians who invaded Syracuse during the Peloponnesian war era (c.413bc if i recall) . The Syracusans employed some of the finest artists around Sicily to make dies for the coins, and they started doing experiments with the dies and raising coin art to a new level not seen before. The artwork was so good that syracuse allowed the artists who made these dies to sign their coins , and the artists apparently became famous in their own day for it. You can see some really experimental designs, such as arethusa facing front, arethusa under water(which i really want, shared below-not mine), and very lively variations of the quadriga. This is the era in which the decadrachms were made too, so yeah. In this case, both dies were signed EV, by Eumenos it is said. I find it cool that some “signed” issues are signed only on one die while the other side is unsigned, some dies have both sides signed by different artists, Ive seen some by Eumenos and Eukleidas, etc. In this case, the coin was made only by one artist entirely, and it is cool that we know this was entirely made by one master engraver. Signed issues became was a thing in Sicily before 415bc, you see them in issues from Katane, Akragas, Leontini, etc. even Syracuse had an earlier case of a master engraver signing their coins. Sometimes the artist only signed with a symbol of some sort, not actual lettering like the “Leaf Master” of Leontini & Katane. The artists were not necessarily restricted to one city either but appeared to move around to different cities who contracted their services, which is interesting and i do wonder more on how that worked. Only if we knew more about these master engravers… would be cool to know their stories. Have any coins from sicily? Please share! Cheers PS: Here is an imgur video of the coin for anyone interested https://imgur.com/a/14xR1tA Edited February 15 by John060167 24 1 4 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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