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Sicily, Messana Silver Tetradrachm Nike & Biga / Hare & Dolphin 425-421BC £1,450.00
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Sicily, Messana Silver Tetradrachm Nike & Biga / Hare & Dolphin 425-421BC
24mm, 16.76g

Obverse showing charioteer driving a biga of mules right, holding reigns in both hands, Nike (Victory) flying right above, crowning mules, leaf and fruit in exergue. The obverse depicts a hare leaping right, a dolphin right below, MEΣ-Σ-A-N-IO-N around.

The hare occurs in various forms within the Sicilian coinage series and was considered to be a symbol of good luck.The obverse imagery showing a biga of driven mules apparently signifies the success of Anaxilas and, winning the mule biga event at the Olympic games in 484 or 480BC.

This coin comes with an old collectors ticket.

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