Tetradrachm of Himera with Pelops driving biga

Classical Period
about 465–460 B.C.

Mint: Sicily, Himera


Diameter: 25 mm. Weight: 17.38 gm. Die Axis: 2

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Obverse: Pelops driving a biga to right.
In exergue: palm branch and bunch of dates.
Traces of Greek inscription above, identifying Pelops.
Reverse: Nymph Himera, wearing chiton and peplos.
At right, inscription in Greek.


According to the warranty from Numismatica Ars Classica AG attached to the bill of sale: said to be with Bank Leu AG, In Gassen 20, Zurich, Switzerland by 1986 and to have been purchased from Bank Leu by Athos Moretti; by 1996: with Numismatica Ars Classica AG, Niederdorfstrasse 43, Zurich, Switzerland (Auction 9, Hotel Baur au Lac, Talstrasse 1, Zurich, April 16, 1996, lot 158); March 26, 2003: purchased by MFA from Numismatica Ars Classica AG

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour