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Tetradrachm of Messana with biga of mules

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Obverse: Charioteer driving a biga of mules to right. Above, a Nike to right, crowning mules. In exergue a laurel twig (leaf and two berries). Border of dots. Reverse: Hare leaping to right. Below, a dolphin. Inscription in Greek. Border of dots. (Struck at Zankle-Messana as Messana.)


By date unknown: Edward Herbert Bunbury Collection; by 1896: with Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, 13 Wellington Street, Strand, London (auction of the Bunbury Collection, 13 Wellington Street, Strand, London, June 17, 1896, lot 352 [said to be from the Davis Collection]); 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

Greek, Classical Period, 430–396 B.C.


Messana (Zankle), Sicily

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 0290.


Diameter: 25 mm. Weight: 17.15 gm.

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The Ancient World


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