Tetradrachm of Syracuse with quadriga

Greek
Classical Period
413–410 B.C.


Mint: Sicily, Syracuse

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 0413.

Dimensions

Diameter: 25 mm. Weight: 17.29 gm.

Accession Number

00.116

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Coins

Obverse: Quadriga, the horses galloping to left, driven by Persephone with torch. Nike flies to right to crown Persephone, bearing wreath and aplustre.
In exergue ear of barley, to left.
Reverse: Head of Arethusa to right, wearing earring with coil and pendant, and necklace with single bead in front. Hair tied in a knot at the crown.
Around are four dolphins, one coming out from under Arethusa’s neck.
Traces of inscription in Greek.

Provenance

Cat. Sotheby, Distinguished Artist, 1899, pl. ii, 67.

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; 1900: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren

Credit Line

Catharine Page Perkins Fund