Tetradrachm of Syracuse with head of Persephone, struck under Agathokles

Early Hellenistic Period
about 310–305 B.C.

Mint: Sicily, Syracuse

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 0462.


Diameter: 27 mm. Weight: 17.15 gm.

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On View

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


The Ancient World



Obverse: Head of Persephone, profile to right, wearing necklace, earring and wreath of corn.
Behind her head: inscription in Greek.
Reverse: Nike standing to right, erecting a trophy composed of a post with helmet, cuirass, shield, and greaves. In field, triskeles.
Inscription in Greek at the left.

Struck under Agathokles (317-289 B.C.).


By date unknown: M. Hyman Montagu Collection; by 1896: with Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, Wellington Street, Strand, London (auction of the Montagu Collection, pl. iii, 168); by 1897: with 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