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Tetradrachm of Messana with biga of mules

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Obverse: Mule biga to right, driven by the nymph Messana, standing, in girdled chiton; in each outstretched hand, she holds one rein; above, Nike advancing to right with right foot on sagging reins, left hand on peak of yoke crowning mules with wreath; plain ground line in exergue, two dolphins...

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

Credit Line

Catharine Page Perkins Fund

Greek, Classical Period, 430–396 B.C.


Messana (Zankle), Sicily

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 0292.


Diameter: 27 mm. Weight: 17.19 gm.

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Numismatics, Coins