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15 December 2019
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Lot 175
Starting Price: 1000 CHF
Hammer Price: 1900 CHF
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MYSIA. Kyzikos. Circa 550-450 BC. Stater (Electrum, 20 mm, 16.08 g). Head of a goat with long beard to left; behind truncation, tunny fish swimming upwards. Rev. Quadripartite incuse square. BMFA 1421. Rosen 438. SNG France 186. Von Fritze I, 48. Very rare. Nicely centered. Flan crack from striking at 8h, otherwise, very fine.



Male goats were associated with Dionysos and Pan and with the all of the woodland and pastoral spirits of the world of Greek mythology. In fact, the word ‘tragedy’ comes from the Greek for ‘goat song’ and refers to the fact that sacrificial goats were prizes in the dramatic contests that were part of the Athenian festival in honor of Dionysos. They were also admired for their potency and exuberance. Kyzikos was famous for its extensive electrum coinage, which began in the 6th century and continued down until the time of Alexander. It was particularly important for trade with the cities and peoples along the Black Sea. Unlike most other coinages that utilized a single type to make their products easily recognizable, the staters and fractions of Kyzikos used a small city-badge, the tunny fish (sometimes just the head or part of the fish on small denominations) combined with a much larger type that varied from issue to issue and was the blazon of the magistrate responsible for the issue itself. There are, thus, hundreds of individual types on the Kyzikene coinage: some are taken from well-known works of art, others are more personal in nature, in some cases it looks as if the engraver involved specialized in certain kinds of representations (such as mythological creatures) and a number of what may be consecutive issues bear related scenes. Whether the issues were produced yearly or more often is unknown. The same goat head appears on a somewhat later hekte from Phokaia, Bodenstedt 51.
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Online bidding closes:
15 Dec 2019 17:27:30 CET
Current Date & Time:
23 Jun 2021 19:43:33 CEST
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Hammer Price:
1900 CHF by MailBidder5707 (Bids: 8)

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Lot 175
Starting Price: 1000 CHF
MYSIA. Kyzikos. Circa 550-450 BC. Stater (Electrum, 20 mm, 16.08 g). Head of a goat with long beard to left; behind truncation, tunny fish swimming upwards. Rev. Quadripartite incuse square. BMFA 1421. Rosen 438. SNG France 186. Von Fritze I, 48. Very rare. Nicely centered. Flan crack from striking at 8h, otherwise, very fine.
Hammer Price: 1900 CHF
Lot 176
Starting Price: 1000 CHF
MYSIA. Kyzikos. Circa 550-450 BC. Stater (Electrum, 19.5 mm, 16.21 g). Head of a goat with long beard to left; behind truncation, tunny fish swimming upwards; square countermark featuring a facing gorgoneion, punched against the cheek of the goat. Rev. Quadripartite incuse square. BMFA 1421. Rosen 438. SNG France 186. Von Fritze I, 48. Very rare and with unusual and very clear countermark that reminds Parion. Flan crack from striking at 2h, otherwise, very fine.
Hammer Price: 1700 CHF
Lot 177
Starting Price: 400 CHF
MYSIA. Kyzikos. Circa 550-500 BC. Hekte (Electrum, 10.5 mm, 2.69 g). Head of Perseus to left, wearing winged helmet; behind, tunny fish swimming downwards. Rev. Quadripartite incuse square. SNG von Aulock 1186. SNG von Aulock 1186. Von Fritze 65. A rare type. Struck on a tight flan, otherwise, very fine.
Hammer Price: 750 CHF
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