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. 0292.

Dimensions

Diameter: 27 mm. Weight: 17.19 gm.

Accession Number

00.102

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Coins

Obverse: Mule biga to right, driven by the nymph Messana, standing, in girdled chiton; reins in right hand and goad in left.
Inscription in Greek.
Plain ground line.
In exergue, two dolphins confronting horizontally.
Reverse: Hare leaping right.
Below, dolphin to left, horizontally.
Inscription in Greek.
Border of dots.

Provenance

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

Credit Line

Catharine Page Perkins Fund