Tetradrachm of Syracuse with quadriga

Greek
Classical Period
450–425 B.C.


Mint: Sicily, Syracuse

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 0389.

Dimensions

Diameter: 23 mm. Weight: 17.39 gm.

Accession Number

00.114

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Coins

Obverse: Quadriga walking to right driven by charioteer holding reins and goad.
Nike flies above to right to crown the horses.
Border of dots.
Reverse: Female head to right, wearing coiled earring and bead necklace, also an ampyx or head-band, decorated with olive-wreath. The hair is enveloped in a kerchief which is decorated with a simple meander and zigzag border; on the forehead it escapes in waves.
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