Tetradrachm of Syracuse with quadriga

Archaic Period
520–510 B.C.

Mint: Sicily, Syracuse

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 0335.


Diameter: 24 mm. Weight: 17.24 gm.

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


On View

Greek Archaic Gallery (Gallery 113)


The Ancient World



Obverse: Charioteer driving quadriga to right.
Above the horses a Nike flies to right, crowning them.
Reverse: Head of Arethusa in profile to right, wearing bead necklace and plain diadem. Hair, indicated by dots, is caught up inside the diadem behind.
Around the head, four dolphins.
Inscription in Greek.


By date unknown: Edward Herbert Bunbury Collection; by 1896: with Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, 13 Wellington Street, Strand, London (auction of the Edward Herbert Bunbury Collection, 13 Wellington Street, Strand, London, June 17, 1896, lot 425); probably purchased at Bunbury auction by 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