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Decadrachm of Sirakousai (Syracuse) (Fg5122)

Decadrachm of Sirakousai (Syracuse) (Fg5122)

Obverse/ Auriga is depicted driving a two-horse chariot on the gallop while he is crowned by a Nike; on the exergue is a trophy. Reverse/ Head of Kore - Persephone shown in left-facing profile, with a wreath of wheat-ears, a necklace and earrings; in the background there are three dolphins. At the bottom are the letters EYAINE, within a beaded circle. The beautiful cones used to produce this decadrachm were made by Euainetos, one of the most skilled engravers working at Syrakousai (Syracuse) between the end of the fifth and the beginning of the fourth centuries B.C. The face value, which is extremely high, was used for issues linked to important moments in the history of the issuing poleis during which payments of large sums were necessary. Nevertheless, in this case, the presence of the trophy would seem to suggest that the coins were part of a series of prizes for winners of games held to celebrate the glory of the city.

Further information
Codici (Label is not translated)
  Ente_competente: Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici delle Province di Napoli e Caserta
  Definizione: decadram
  Class and ware: Coins
Localizzazione_geografico-amministrativa (Label is not translated)
  PVCS: Italia
  regione: CAMPANIA
  provincia: Napoli
  comune: Napoli
  Name: Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli
  Indirizzo: Piazza Museo, 19
  Location: Not on display
Dati_patrimoniali (Label is not translated)
  Inventory number: Fg 5122
Definizione_culturale (Label is not translated)
  Author: Mint of Sirakousai (Syracuse)
Dati_tecnici (Label is not translated)
  Weight: 43.20
Dati_analitici (Label is not translated)
  Inscriptions - language: Greek
  Inscriptions - text:

Condizione_giuridica_e_vincoli (Label is not translated)
  CDGG: proprietà Stato
Fonti_e_documenti_di_riferimento (Label is not translated)

Collezioni Museo 1989, I, 2, n. 87, p. 191