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561909

Signed by Kratesippos

561909.

BRUTTIUM, Rhegion. Circa 420-415/0 BC. AR Tetradrachm (23mm, 17.08 g, 6h). Reverse die signed by the engraver Kratesippos. Facing head of lion / Laureate head of Apollo right; olive sprig to left, PHΓINOΣ to right, KPA[TE]/(retrogade OΠΠ[IΣ]) in two lines below chin. Herzfelder 64 (D36b/R53); HN Italy 2494; BMC 26 (same dies); Jameson 460 (same dies); Ognina 301–2 (same dies). Toned with iridescence on reverse. Good VF.


Ex Nomisma 55 (4 April 2017), lot 2; Tkalec (29 February 2000), lot 22; Triton I (2 December 1997), lot 178; A.D. Moretti Collection, reportedly purchased in 1952.

This magnificent tetradrachm is from a series at Rhegion that is regarded as having the most finely engraved dies of all the numismatic output of the mint. The artist Kratesippos is thought to have been one of the first engravers of this period.