Tetradrachm of Himera with quadriga

Greek
Early Classical Period
472–450 B.C.


Mint: Sicily, Himera

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 0254.

Dimensions

Diameter: 27 mm. Weight: 17.20 gm.

Accession Number

00.99

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Coins

Obverse: Quadriga, with small horses walking briskly to left; near pair of horses advanced beyond far ones; charioteer bends forward, holding goad in extended right hand and three reins in left. Nike flies right to crown him with branch. Ground line dotted.
In exergue a cock to left.
Below cock: inscription in Greek.
Border of dots.
Reverse: Nymph Himera standing facing, head left, with phiale in outstretched right hand, pouring libation over altar. Silenos standing, almost facing, receives the water on his left shoulder. In the field above him a barley-corn.

Provenance

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

Credit Line

Catharine Page Perkins Fund