Tetradrachm of Syracuse with head of Arethusa, signed by Phrygillos

Greek
Classical Period
413–410 B.C.


Mint: Sicily, Syracuse

Dimensions

Diameter: 26.5 mm. Weight: 16.42 gm. Die Axis: 3

Accession Number

1981.147

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

Europe, The Ancient World

Classifications

Coins

Obverse: Head of Arethusa to left, wearing necklace and earring, hair tied in sphendone.
Four dolphins around.
Inscription in Greek around, with traces of inscription on ampyx.
Signed by Phrygillos.
Reverse: Quadriga left, driven by Persephone, a burning torch in her right hand.
Above, Nike flies right, holding wreath in right hand, aphlaston in left.
In exergue, wheat on a stalk.

Provenance

By about 1961: Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III Collection; gift to MFA by Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III in the name of Cornelius Adrian Comstock Vermeule, May 13, 1981

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III in the Name of Cornelius Adrian Comstock Vermeule