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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

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.

Mint

Syracuse, Sicily

Catalogue Raisonné

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

Dimensions

Diameter: 26 mm. Weight: 17.22 gm.

Accession Number

09.267

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Numismatics, Coins