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Tetradrachm of Syracuse with quadriga

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Obverse: Quadriga to right. A Nike, upright in the air, crowns the horses. Reverse: Head of Arethusa to right with hair indicated by pellets, and wearing a necklace. Around the head are four dolphins. Inscription in Greek. All within an incuse circle.


Provenance according to Brett, Catalogue of Greek Coins, no. 351: by date unknown: Northwick Collection; 1859 (Cat. Sotheby, Northwick, lot 340); by date unknown: Ashburnham Collection (1895: Cat. Sotheby, Ashburnham, pl. II, 47); by date unknown: Canon Greenwell Collection; 1902: acquired from Canon Greenwell Collection by Edward Perry Warren (Regling, Die Griechischen Münzen der Sammlung Warren, no. 294); July 12, 1909: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren

Credit Line

Julia Bradford Huntington James Fund

Greek, Archaic Period, 520–510 B.C.


Syracuse, Sicily

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 0331.


Diameter: 26 mm. Weight: 17.22 gm.

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Numismatics, Coins