Sicily, Syracuse, Tetradrachm

The coins of the ancient city of Syracuse on Sicily generally show the same motifs, in ever changing depictions, however. The obverse usually bore a quadriga, a four horse race chariot. In the time around 440 BC, the diesinkers tried for the first time to give the horses an appearance of motion by making them rear. The reverses of the Syracusian coins depicted the head of the nymph Arethusa in many different representations.