Tetradrachm of Himera with quadriga

Early Classical Period
472–450 B.C.

Mint: Sicily, Himera

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 0253.


Diameter: 26 mm. Weight: 17.38 gm.

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


On View

Greek Archaic Gallery (Gallery 113)


Europe, The Ancient World



Obverse: Quadriga with horses walking to left on dotted line, driven by figure in long chiton, holding goad and reins and crowned by Nike flying to right.
In exergue: inscription in Greek.
Beaded border.
Reverse: Nymph Himera stands facing, head to left, holding phiale over altar with right hand; her left hand raised. At right small Seilenus to right washing his hands in water issuing from lion’s head.
Inscription in Greek.
Round incuse.


1898: Cat. Sotheby, Archaeologist and Traveller, no. 57 (according to Brett catalogue); 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. 240); September 1904: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund