Morton & Eden > Auction 124Auction date: 26 September 2023
Lot number: 142

Price realized: 20,000 GBP   (Approx. 24,337 USD / 22,991 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
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Lot description:

‡ Sicily, Syracuse, drachm, 405-400 BC, unsigned work by Eukleidas, ΣΥΡΑΚ[ΟΣΙ]ΩΝ, head of Athena facing three-quarters left wearing triple crested helmet adorned with palmettes; to either side, two dolphins, nose-to-nose, rev., ΣΥΡΑΚ[ΟΣΙΩΝ] Leukaspis, naked but for Corinthian helmet, advancing right holding shield and spear; to left, garlanded altar; to right, forepart of slain ram on its back; in ex., [ΛΕΥ]ΚΑΣΠ[ΙΣ], 4.26g, die axis 9.00 (SNG ANS 310, same obverse die; Kunstfreund 121, same reverse die; Jameson 810), beautifully toned, extremely fine and very rare Provenance: European Connoisseur collection (formed before 2002). Note: Leukapsis, whose name appears on the coin, is a figure of great antiquity. An obscure hero of the Sikans, the indigenous pre-Greek inhabitants of Sicily, he was slain by Herakles along with a number of other 'distinguished generals' and was still being worshiped in the first century BC (Diod. Sic. 4.23.5). 'His precise significance at Syracuse has been much discussed and his appearance there has been interpreted as an oblique expression of the Dorian Greeks' claim to the heritage of Herakles and the possession of Sicily' (Jenkins, 1972).

Estimate: 7000 - 10000 GBP