Tetradrachm of Syracuse with quadriga

Greek
Classical Period
413–410 B.C.


Mint: Sicily, Syracuse

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 0415.

Dimensions

Diameter: 26 mm. Weight: 17.23 gm.

Accession Number

04.556

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Coins

Obverse: Quadriga with horses galloping to left, driver (in long chiton) holding goad and reins, crowned by flying Nike. One rein hanging loose around horses’ front feet.
Broken wheel, below.
In exergue, an ear of grain.
Reverse: Head of Arethusa to left with sphendone, below which decorated band, ampyx, earring, and necklace with pendants.
Around, four dolphins.
Inscription in Greek.

Provenance

By date unknown: Edward Herbert Bunbury Collection; 1896: with Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, 13 Wellington Street, Strand, London (auction of the Edward Bunbury Collection, 13 Wellington Street, Strand, London, June 17, 1896, lot 462); 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. 387); September 1904: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund