Tetradrachm of Syracuse with quadriga

Late Archaic Period
about 510 B.C.

Mint: Sicily, Syracuse


Diameter: 26.5 mm. Weight: 17.15 gm. Die Axis: 11

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Obverse: Quadriga to left, driven by charioteer who holds reins and goad.
Nike flies to right placing wreath on charioteer’s head.
Inscription in Greek in exergue.
Reverse: Head of Arethusa right, wearing necklace.
Four dolphins swim around.
Inscription in Greek in front of face, retrograde.


By date unknown: Dr. A. H. Lloyd and Miss M. E. H. Lloyd Collection (SNG, Lloyd, 1933, no. 1278, with earlier provenance as follows: by date unknown: John Evans Collection; Sotheby auction, January 20, 1898, lot 76; by date unknown: Talbot Ready Collection [sold at Feuardent, Paris, July 8, 1919, lot 180]; by date unknown: Sir Arthur Evans Collection); by date unknown: British Museum Collection; by 1965: with Münzen und Medaillen A.G., Malzgasse 25, Basel, Switzerland; purchased by MFA from Münzen und Medaillen A.G., May 12, 1965

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour