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Tetradrachm of Messana with biga of mules

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Obverse: Nymph Messana, in a chariot with a solid left wheel, driving a pair of mules to left. Mules have right forelegs and right hindlegs raised, open mouths, ears erect, and tails horizontal. Lower folds of Messana's chiton blown by wind; in outstretched right hand, four reins, in drawn-back...

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

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

Greek, Classical Period, 430–396 B.C.


Messana (Zankle), Sicily

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 0296.


Diameter: 26 mm. Weight: 17.20 gm.

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


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