Tetradrachm of Segesta with Egestes and hounds

Classical Period
about 400 B.C.

Mint: Sicily, Segesta


Diameter: 30.5 mm. Weight: 17.00 gm. Die Axis: 3

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Medium or Technique


On View

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


The Ancient World



Obverse: The nude hero Egestes, with a cap slung over his shoulder and a chlamys over his arm rests his left foot on a rock.
Two hounds are at his feet, one sniffing the ground. A small ithyphallic herm in the field.
Inscription in Greek.
Reverse: head of the nymph Segesta to right, wearing necklace, and triple-pendant earring. Her hair is bound with an ampyx and a star embroidered sakkos.
At left, a stalk of barley.
Inscription in Greek.


By date unknown: William N. Rudman Collection; by date unknown: with Classical Numismatic Group, Inc., P.O. Box 479, Lancaster, PA 17608-0479 (CNG auction, Triton V, Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, 301 Park Avenue, New York, January 15-16, 2002, lot 1200); purchased at Triton V on behalf of MFA by Frank L. Kovacs, P.O. Box 25300, San Mateo, CA 94402-5300; February 27, 2002: purchased by MFA from Frank L. Kovacs

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour