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Sicily, Syracuse, Tetradrachm

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Sicily, Syracuse, Tetradrachm (obverse) Sicily, Syracuse, Tetradrachm (reverse)

The Syracusan coins invariably depicted a charioteer with his team of horses and the head of the nymph Arethusa. With time some details varied for instance the nymph's jewelry or hairdo. On this coin she wears a so-called sakkos, a cloth wrapped around the head. Four slim dolphins are swimming around her.

The biga on the coin's obverse is still depicted in the traditional way on this coin: the horses are walking and not illustrated individually. The foremost stallion is shown in detail, while the other is only visible by his craning neck. Later the biga became a quadriga, a four-horse chariot, which was increasingly represented with the horses in full gallop.

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