Dekadrachm (Demareteion) of Syracuse with quadriga

Obverse: Quadriga right, horses walking, driven by charioteer holding goad in right hand, reins in both hands. Above, Nike flying right. crowning them. In exergue, lion running right. Border of dots.

Reverse: Head of Arethusa to right, laureate, wearing earring and necklace with pendants. Hair waved in front, turned up at back, one loose lock behind ear; ends of hair gathered up and tied with double cord. Around whole, four dolphins.

Inscription in Greek.

Provenance

According to the Brett catalogue entry: from a hoard found in Sicily in 1934; 1934: with Dr. Jacob Hirsch, Suite 1209, 30 West 54th Street, New York, N.Y. (according to a letter from Dr. Hirsch dated December 14, 1934, the coin was acquired by him in Switzerland from collection of a well-known foreign numismatist); January 10, 1935: purchased by MFA from Dr. Jacob Hirsch for $ 17,000.00

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour (1864–1885)

Dekadrachm (Demareteion) of Syracuse with quadriga

  • Greek, Early Classical Period, about 470–465 B.C.
Mint
Syracuse, Sicily
Dimensions
Diameter: 35 mm. Weight: 43.39 gm.
Medium or Technique
Silver
Classification
Numismatics
Catalogue Raisonné
Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 0356.
Accession Number
35.21
On view
Michael C. Ruettgers Gallery of Ancient Coins - 212C

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