Tetradrachm of Messana with biga of mules

Greek
Early Classical Period
480–460 B.C.


Mint: Sicily, Messana

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 0286.

Dimensions

Diameter: 27 mm. Weight: 17.28 gm.

Accession Number

04.462

Medium or Technique

Silver

On View

Greek Archaic Gallery (Gallery 113)

Collections

Europe, The Ancient World

Classifications

Coins

Obverse: Biga of mules to right on dotted line, driven by seated figure, bearded, holding goad and reins.
In exergue, olive leaf.
Beaded border.
Reverse: Hare springing to right in dotted circle.
Inscription in Greek.
Round incuse.

Ruler: Anaxilas and sons (489-461 B.C.)

Provenance

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

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund