Tetradrachm of Himera with quadriga

Classical Period
430–409 B.C.

Mint: Sicily, Himera

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 0255.


Diameter: 27 mm. Weight: 17.32 gm.

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Europe, The Ancient World



Obverse: Quadriga with horses walking to right on line. The driver in long chiton, holding goad and reins, is crowned by Nike flying to left.
Inscription in Greek in exergue.
Beaded border.
Reverse: Nymph Himera standing facing, head to left, hair knotted on top of head, on ground line in chiton and himation holding phiale in right hand over round altar with flames; her left hand raised. Above her left hand in the field, a barley-corn.
At right, a Silenus to right, turning toward front, washing; the stream from lion’s mouth strikes him on chest.
in exergue, a fish horizontally to right; ground line.


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. 241); September 1904: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund