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SICILY. Akragas. - taher.0021
Origin: Europe
Circa: 409 BC to 406 BC
Dimensions: 1.40" (3.6cm) high
Collection: Greek Coins
Medium: Silver

Location: United States
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The figures of the pair of eagles and the hare have been successfully transferred to the larger medium, and the enlargement of scale has been enhanced by greater subtlety of detail. The scene is sometimes connected with the famous first chorus from Aeschylus’ play Agamemnon, describing the omen sent by Zeus: Two kings of birds, that seemed to bode Great fortune to the kings of that great fleet. Close to the palace, on spear side of the road, One tawny-feathered, one white in the tail, Perched in full view, they ravenously tear The body of a pregnant hare Big with her burden, now a living prey In the last darkness of their unborn day. While the reverse enlarges the tetradrachm’s design, the obverse produces a bold and original variation of the chariot. The chariot has abandoned its race in earth, and has been translated into the chariot of the sun god Helios in the sky. The effect of flight has been created by omitting the ground line, and by the positioning of a soaring eagle above the chariot and a crab below, symbols of the sky and sea between which the Sun’s chariot was thought to travel. Diameter 1.40 Inch - (taher.0021)


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