Drachm of Messana with biga of mules

Greek
Classical Period
460–430 B.C.


Mint: Sicily, Messana (Zankle)

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 0288.

Dimensions

Diameter: 17 mm. Weight: 4.24 gm.

Accession Number

04.464

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

Europe, The Ancient World

Classifications

Coins

Obverse: Biga of mules wearing hame, walking to right, bearded charioteer in ankle-length chiton squatting on basket seat, feet braced on support; in outstretched hands, a goad and four reins.
Above, Nike flying right, crowning mules with taenia.
Border of dots.
Reverse: Hare springing to right, forelegs raised within olive wreath.
Inscription in Greek within the olive wreath.
Round incuse.

Provenance

By date unknown: Canon Greenwell Collection; July 1902: acquired from Canon Greenwell Collection by Edward Perry Warren (Regling, Die Griechischen Münzen der Sammlung Warren, no. 262); September 1904: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund