Thick large Solid Silver Replica
Syracuse under the rule of tyrant Gelon.
This coin was a special issue on the occasion of the Carthaginian defeat, 479 B.C. The Dekadrachm is often referred to as a “Demaretion” with respect to Gelon’s wife Demarete, who intervened with her husband to spare the remaining Carthaginians. It is said that in gratitude, the Carthaginians sent Demarete a gift of 100 talents of gold. It is traditionally believed she sold the gold for the silver used to strike these magnificent decadrachms.
Obverse: Head of Artemis-Arethusa, wearing an olive wreath surrounded by four dolphins.
Reverse: Slow quadriga-driven charioteer holding goad; above Nike flying right, crowning horses, at the bottom is lion springing right
Diameter: 35 mm
Weight: 28 grams, 0.9 Troy Ounce
BECKER, BMC 63 Stamped on the rim, Reverse stamped
.925 Sterling Silver made in the USA
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