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Tetradrachm of Syracuse with quadriga, signed by Parmenides

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Obverse: Quadriga to left. Above, Nike flies right to crown charioteer. Below, ear of barley left. Reverse: Head of Arethusa left, wearing necklace and earring. Four dolphins swim around head. Inscription in Greek. (see media screen for Greek inscription)


By date unknown: with Hesperia Art, 2219 St. James Street, Philadelphia 3, Pa. (Hesperia Art Bulletin 36, no. 17); by 1967: with Boston Gallery of Fine Arts, 162 Newbury Street, Boston, Mass.; purchased by MFA from Boston Gallery of Fine Arts, June 28, 1967

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Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour

Greek, Classical Period, about 400 B.C.


Syracuse, Sicily


Diameter: 26.5 mm. Weight: 17.35 gm. Die Axis: 11

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