Nov 12, 2009
Nov 12, 2009

Tetradrachm: Quadriga (obverse); Head of Arethousa (reverse)

Tetradrachm: Quadriga (obverse); Head of Arethousa (reverse)

c. 430–420 BC

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Diameter: 2.4 cm (15/16 in.)

Weight: 17.625 g (0.62 oz.)

Die axis: 6

Gift of J. H. Wade 1916.980


Did you know?

Arethousa’s banded hairstyle provides remarkable contemporaneous evidence of ancient Greek women’s fashions.


The rightmost horse of a chariot team dominates the obverse of this coin, while the other three are suggested only by contours. On the reverse, four dolphins should surround Arethousa, but poor positioning during the striking process has left off one and most of another. The lumps around the horses’ front legs suggest a die defect.

See also
GR - Greek
Greek and Roman Art
Type of artwork: 
Credit line: 
Gift of J. H. Wade

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