User Menu

MFA for Educators

Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.

Tetradrachm of Messana with biga of mules

Start collecting

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...

Show Full Description

Provenance

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.

Mint

Messana (Zankle), Sicily

Catalogue Raisonné

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

Dimensions

Diameter: 26 mm. Weight: 17.20 gm.

Accession Number

04.466

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not on View
Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Numismatics, Coins