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Nomos 33

The Jonathan H. Kagan Collection

Zurich, 09 june 2024, 14:00 CEST

Estimate: 500 CHF
Hammer Price:  1900 CHF
Lot 1241

MYSIA. Kyzikos. Circa 550-450 BC. Hemihekte (Electrum, 9.5 mm, 1.30 g). Head of a youthful male (ephebe) to left on a raised disc; below, tunny swimming to left. Rev. Quadripartite incuse square. Cf. BMFA 1476 (hekte) and SNG Paris 248 (stater). Von Fritze 105. Very rare and attractive. A few small scratches on the obverse, otherwise, very fine.

From the Collection of Jonathan H. Kagan.

The curious way the head on the obverse is shown on a disc could mean one of two things: 1) it might be a representation of a coin (!!) or, 2) it could be the depiction of a shield with the head as its device. In fact, given how large the head is in relation to the disc, it must be a coin (a shield device would be smaller and central with wide borders). Thus, what we have here is one of the earliest (the earliest?) known depictions of "a coin on a coin".

Online bidding closes: 9 Jun 2024, 09:00:00 CEST Current Date & Time: 19 Jul 2024, 07:59:05 CEST Remaining Time: Closed Hammer Price:1900 CHF

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