Tetradrachm of Messana with biga of mules

Greek
Classical Period
430–396 B.C.


Mint: Sicily, Messana (Zankle)

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 0295.

Dimensions

Diameter: 27 mm. Weight: 17.16 gm.

Accession Number

04.468

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Coins

Obverse: Nymph Messana, in a chariot, driving a pair of mules to left.
Above, Nike flying to right to crown her with pendent wreath in right hand, attached to taenia held in her left hand.
In exergue two dolphins meeting.
Border of dots.
Reverse: Hare leaping to left.
Beneath, head of Pan, to left, with two goat horns; dishevelled locks.
Inscription in Greek (retrograde).
Border of dots.
Round incuse.

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

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund