Tetradrachm of Kephaloidion with quadriga

Greek
Classical Period
Early 4th century B.C.


Mint: Sicily (Siculo-Punic), Kephaloidion

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek Coins, 1950-1963 (MFA), no. 023.

Dimensions

Diameter: 28 mm. Weight: 17.24 gm. Die Axis: 7

Accession Number

59.287

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Coins

Obverse: Quadriga galloping to right, with Nike flying to left to crown charioteer.
In exergue, below ground line, “Resch Melkarth” in Punic script = ” Promontory of Herakles”. Border of dots.
The obverse was struck from a slightly rusty die.
Reverse: Head of a goddess to right, with a wreath of corn leaves, triple pendant earring, and necklace; around, four small dolphins.
Border of dots.

Provenance

By 1959: with AG Leu & Co., Bahnhofstrasse 32, Zurich, Switzerland and Adolph Hess AG, Haldenstrasse 5, Lucerne, Switzerland (Hess-Leu auction, Hotel Schweizerhof, Lucerne, March 24, 1959, lot 113); purchased at the Hess-Leu auction on behalf of MFA by Münzen und Medaillen A.G., Malzgasse 25, Basel, Switzerland; purchased by MFA from Münzen und Medaillen A.G., May 14, 1959, for $ 1,789.55 (this is the total price for 59.287-59.292)

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour