Dekadrachm of Syracuse with quadriga, signed by Kimon

Classical Period
415–412 B.C.

Mint: Sicily, Syracuse

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek Coins, 1950-1963 (MFA), no. 032.


Diameter: 35.5 mm. Weight: 41.78 gm. Die Axis: 11

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Obverse: Quadriga to left, driven by a charioteer with reins in his left hand, a goad in his right hand. Nike flies to right, about to crown him. Ground line; thin border around. In exergue, suit of armor: helmet, shield, cuirass and greaves.
Signed in Greek on ground line (Kimon). Inscription below cuirass.

Reverse: Head of Arethusa to left, wearing earring, necklace, band tied above, and net. On the band: KI/M. Four dolphins around. Thin border.
Inscription above head.


By 1956: Leu & Co. A.G., Bahnhofstrasse 32, Zurich, Switzerland and Adolph Hess A.G., Haldenstrasse 5, Lucerne, Switzerland (Hess-Leu auction, Hotel Schweizerhof, Lucerne, March 27, 1956, lot 200); by 1961: with Leu & Co. A.G.; December 13, 1961: purchased by MFA from Leu & Co's Bank, Ltd., for $ 2,900.-

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour