Tetradrachm of Naxos with head of Dionysos

Greek
Classical Period
about 430–420 B.C.


Mint: Sicily, Naxos

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 0308.

Dimensions

Diameter: 26 mm. Weight: 17.07 gm. Die Axis: 3

Accession Number

04.472

Medium or Technique

Silver

On View

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

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Coins

Obverse: Head of bearded Dionysos to right, with broad band in hair decorated with ivy.
Beaded border.
Reverse: Bearded Silenos seated on rocky ground, full front, head to left, with pointed ears and horse’s tail. He holds up a kantharos in his right hand and with left hand holds a thyrsos.
At the left an ivy plant; in front a flower growing.
Inscription in Greek.

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

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund