Tetradrachm of Syracuse with quadriga

Greek
Early Classical Period
474–450 B.C.


Mint: Sicily, Syracuse

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 0367.

Dimensions

Diameter: 24 mm. Weight: 17.24 gm.

Accession Number

04.518

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

Europe, The Ancient World

Classifications

Coins

Obverse: Quadriga with horses walking to right, crowned with wreath by flying Nike; driver with goad and reins.
In exergue, a sea monster.
Beaded border.
Reverse: Head of Arethusa to right, with earring, dotted necklace between two plain lines, and narrow band around head over which the hair is rolled.
Four dolphins around.
Inscription in Greek.

Provenance

Sotheby sale of December 19, 1892, no. 51 (according to Regling); 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. 330); September 1904: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund