Tetradrachm of Himera with quadriga

Greek
Early Classical Period
about 455–440 B.C.


Mint: Sicily, Himera

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 0251.

Dimensions

Diameter: 26 mm. Weight: 17.43 gm.

Accession Number

00.98

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Coins

Obverse: Quadriga with horses walking to left; bearded charioteer standing upright with goad in right hand, reins in left; is crowned by a Nike flying to right.
In exergue: inscription in Greek.
Border of dots.
Reverse: Nymph Himera stands full front, head to left, pouring libation from a phiale on an altar at left.
At the right a small bearded satyr stands to right in a fountain, washing himself in the stream which gushes from a lion’s head, striking him on the chest.
Inscription in Greek above.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; 1900: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren

Credit Line

Catharine Page Perkins Fund