Tetradrachm of Himera with quadriga

Early Classical Period
about 455–440 B.C.

Mint: Sicily, Himera

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 0251.


Diameter: 26 mm. Weight: 17.43 gm.

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Medium or Technique


On View

Michael C. Ruettgers Gallery for Ancient Coins (Gallery 212C)


The Ancient World



Obverse: Quadriga with horses walking to left; bearded charioteer standing upright with goad in right hand, reins in left; is crowned by a Nike flying to right.
In exergue: inscription in Greek.
Border of dots.
Reverse: Nymph Himera stands full front, head to left, pouring libation from a phiale on an altar at left.
At the right a small bearded satyr stands to right in a fountain, washing himself in the stream which gushes from a lion’s head, striking him on the chest.
Inscription in Greek above.


By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; 1900: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren

Credit Line

Catharine Page Perkins Fund