Tetradrachm of Syracuse with quadriga

Greek
Early Classical Period
474–450 B.C.


Mint: Sicily, Syracuse

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 0370.

Dimensions

Diameter: 27 mm. Weight: 17.32 gm.

Accession Number

00.112

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Coins

Obverse: Quadriga of horses walking to right, driven by a beardless charioteer holding goad and reins; above, a Nike flying right to crown the horses (only one wing visible).
In exergue a sea monster to left.
Reverse: Head of Arethusa to right, hair wavy on forehead, and rolled up behind, bound by a diadem of beads. Bead necklace and coiled earring with pendant.
Around the head four dolphins.
Inscription in Greek.

Provenance

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

Credit Line

Catharine Page Perkins Fund