Tetradrachm of Syracuse with quadriga

Early Classical Period
474–450 B.C.

Mint: Sicily, Syracuse

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 0372.


Diameter: 24 mm. Weight: 17.10 gm.

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Europe, The Ancient World



Obverse: Quadriga of horses walking to right, driven by a beardless charioteer holding goad and reins; above, a Nike flying right to crown the horses (only one wing visible).
In exergue a sea monster to left.
Reverse: Head of Arethusa to right with earring and dotted necklace between two lines, broad band wound twice around, holding hair, hair on top of head waved, on forehead looped, at back, caught beneath band and ending in a loop.
Four dolphins around.
Inscription in Greek.


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

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund