Tetradrachm of Gela with quadriga

Greek
Late Archaic Period
510–480 B.C.


Mint: Sicily, Gela

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 0240.

Dimensions

Diameter: 25 mm. Weight: 17.14 gm.

Accession Number

03.929

Medium or Technique

Silver

On View

Greek Archaic Gallery (Gallery 113)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Coins

Obverse: Quadriga right. Nike flies to right to crown the horses. Horses walking; beardless charioteer in girdled chiton, head inclined downwards; in drawn-back right hand, goad, in outstretched left hand the reins.
Two ground lines, between which a row of dotted circles.
Border of dots.
Reverse: Forepart of man-headed river bull Gelas right, with beard, mustache, bull’s horn and ear; hair on forehead and neck dotted; left foreleg extended, right bent under; on truncation, row of circles between two plain lines.
Inscription in Greek above bull.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; March 24, 1903: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1900