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Live auction - bgr_734403 - MYSIA – KYZIKOS / CYZICUS Hemiobole

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Estimate : 250 €
Price : 115 €
Maximum bid : 115 €
End of the sale : 26 July 2022 14:14:38
bidders : 4 bidders
Type : Hemiobole
Date: c. 480-450 AC.
Mint name / Town : Cyzique, Mysie
Metal : silver
Diameter : 7,5 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 0,19 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Flan court, mince, légèrement irrégulier, centré. Superbe sanglier, finement détaillé. Très belle tête de lion. Patine grise
Catalogue references :


Obverse legend : K RENVERSÉ SUR L’ÉPAULE.
Obverse description : Protomé de sanglier bondissant à gauche, derrière, un thon.
Obverse translation : (Cyzique).


Reverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Reverse description : Tête de lion à gauche, la gueule béante dans un carré creux ; au-dessus, un petite tête de lionne de face.


Le poids moyen de ces hemioboles s’établit à 0,35 g. Dans le catalogue de la BnF (SNG. France 5/ 386, pl. 18) la petite tête au-dessus du lion est décrite comme celle d’une louve. Sur notre exemplaire particulièrement bien visible, les oreilles sont rondes et ne peuvent être en aucun cas celles d’une louve, mais celles d’un félin (une lionne).

Historical background

Mysia - Cyzicus

(Sixth - fifth century BC)

Cyzicus, a colony of Miletus founded in the eighth century BC, is located on the Propontis on the Arktonnesos island. Its political and economic situation was predominant between the Euxine and Aegean controlling the Propontis at the mouth of the Hellespont. Coinage began in the late seventh century BC An important electrum coinage was struck between 600 and 330 BC with tuna as a symbol.

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