Tetradrachm of Gela with quadriga

Classical Period
460–430 B.C.

Mint: Sicily, Gela

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 0246.


Diameter: 24 mm. Weight: 17.22 gm.

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Europe, The Ancient World



Obverse: Quadriga left; horses walking; charioteer, beardless, in girdled chiton; in right hand goad and two reins, in left hand two reins.
In exergue, lizard horizontally left.
Border of dots.
Reverse: Forepart of man-headed river bull Gelas left, with beard, mustache, bull’s horn and ear; hair on forehead and neck in wavy lines; right foreleg extended; truncation plain.
Inscription in Greek.
Round incuse.


By date unknown: Northwick Collection; 1859: Sotheby auction of the Northwick Collection, catalogue, no. 277 (acording to Brett); 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. 231); September 1904: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund