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Live auction - bgr_643766 - MYSIA – KYZIKOS / CYZICUS Hemiobole

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Estimate : 180 €
Price : 90 €
Maximum bid : 90 €
End of the sale : 27 April 2021 14:25:28
bidders : 1 bidder
Type : Hemiobole
Date: c. 480-450 AC.
Mint name / Town : Cyzique, Mysie
Metal : silver
Diameter : 6,5 mm
Orientation dies : 9 h.
Weight : 0,37 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Flan court, centré. Très beau protomé de sanglier. 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


(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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