Tetradrachm of Syracuse with quadriga

Greek
Classical Period
450–425 B.C.


Mint: Sicily, Syracuse

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 0390.

Dimensions

Diameter: 28 mm. Weight: 17.11 gm.

Accession Number

04.525

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

Europe, The Ancient World

Classifications

Coins

Obverse: Quadriga with horses walking to right, crowned by flying Nike in long chiton with diplois. Driver in long chiton with goad and reins.
Beaded border.
Reverse: Head of Arethusa to right with sakkos (decorated with maeander and zigzag patterns); ampyx (with wreath decoration); and necklace.
Four dolphins around.
Inscription in Greek.

Provenance

By date unknown: Northwick Collection; 1859: Cat. Sotheby, auction of the Northwick collection, no. 348 (according to Regling and Brett catalogues); 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. 338); September 1904: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund