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Live auction - bgr_532946 - MYSIA – KYZIKOS / CYZICUS Hecté d’électrum

MYSIA – KYZIKOS / CYZICUS Hecté d’électrum AU
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Estimate : 820 €
Price : 780 €
Maximum bid : 900 €
End of the sale : 10 September 2019 14:19:07
bidders : 3 bidders
Type : Hecté d’électrum
Date: c. 500-460 AC.
Mint name / Town : Cyzique, Mysie
Metal : electrum
Diameter : 10,5 mm
Weight : 2,67 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un petit flan irrégulier, bien centré à l’usure superficielle. Patine de collection ancienne
Catalogue references :


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Buste ailé de femme à gauche (Harpie) tenant un thon vertical.


Reverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Reverse description : Carré creux quadripartite.


Représentation inhabituelle avec la Harpie.

Historical background


(6th - 5th century BC)

Cyzicus, a colony of Miletus founded in the 8th century BC, is located on the edge of the Propontis on the island of Arktonnesos. Its political and economic situation was preponderant between Pont-Euxin and the Aegean Sea by controlling the Propontis at the outlet of the Hellespont. Coinage began at the end of the 7th century BC. An important electrum coinage was minted between 600 and 330 BC with the tuna as its symbol.

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