Tetradrachm of Messana with biga of mules

Classical Period
430–396 B.C.

Mint: Sicily, Messana (Zankle)

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 0290.


Diameter: 25 mm. Weight: 17.15 gm.

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Obverse: Charioteer driving a biga of mules to right.
Above, a Nike to right, crowning mules.
In exergue a laurel twig (leaf and two berries).
Border of dots.
Reverse: Hare leaping to right.
Below, a dolphin.
Inscription in Greek..
Border of dots..

(Struck at Zankle-Messana as Messana.)


By date unknown: Edward Herbert Bunbury Collection; by 1896: with Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, 13 Wellington Street, Strand, London (auction of the Bunbury Collection, 13 Wellington Street, Strand, London, June 17, 1896, lot 352 [said to be from the Davis Collection]); probably purchased at Bunbury auction by Edward Perry Warren; 1897: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 25,000.00 (this figure is the total price for MFA 97.285-97.442 and 97.1104)

Credit Line

Catharine Page Perkins Fund