c. 430–420 BC
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Diameter: 2.4 cm (15/16 in.)
Weight: 17.625 g (0.62 oz.)
Die axis: 6
Gift of J. H. Wade 1916.980
Arethousa’s banded hairstyle provides remarkable contemporaneous evidence of ancient Greek women’s fashions.
The rightmost horse of a chariot team dominates the obverse of this coin, while the other three are suggested only by contours. On the reverse, four dolphins should surround Arethousa, but poor positioning during the striking process has left off one and most of another. The lumps around the horses’ front legs suggest a die defect.
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