Tetradrachm of Himera with quadriga

Greek
Classical Period
430–409 B.C.


Mint: Sicily, Himera

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 0255.

Dimensions

Diameter: 27 mm. Weight: 17.32 gm.

Accession Number

04.453

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

Europe, The Ancient World

Classifications

Coins

Obverse: Quadriga with horses walking to right on line. The driver in long chiton, holding goad and reins, is crowned by Nike flying to left.
Inscription in Greek in exergue.
Beaded border.
Reverse: Nymph Himera standing facing, head to left, hair knotted on top of head, on ground line in chiton and himation holding phiale in right hand over round altar with flames; her left hand raised. Above her left hand in the field, a barley-corn.
At right, a Silenus to right, turning toward front, washing; the stream from lion’s mouth strikes him on chest.
in exergue, a fish horizontally to right; ground line.

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. 241); September 1904: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund