Didrachm of Gela with horse and rider

Greek
Late Archaic or Early Classical Period
about 490–475 B.C.


Mint: Sicily, Gela

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 0243.

Dimensions

Diameter: 23 mm. Weight: 8.67 gm.

Accession Number

11.1762

Medium or Technique

Silver

On View

Michael C. Ruettgers Gallery for Ancient Coins (Gallery 212C)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Coins

Obverse: Horseman on horse galloping right; nude, in crested helmet; with raised right arm hurling spear, in left hand, reins.
Reverse: Forepart of man-headed river bull Gelas right, with beard, mustache, bull’s horn and ear; left foreleg extended, right bent under. Row of dots between two plain lines at truncation.
Inscription in Greek at right.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; October 16, 1911: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 17,291.36 (this figure is the total price for MFA 11.1756-11.1808)

Credit Line

Julia Bradford Huntington James Fund