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Live auction - bgr_340738 - MYSIA – KYZIKOS / CYZICUS Tétradrachme stéphanophore

MYSIA – KYZIKOS / CYZICUS Tétradrachme stéphanophore XF
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Estimate : 3 200 €
Price : no bid
Maximum bid : no bid
End of the sale : 03 December 2014 14:16:15
Type : Tétradrachme stéphanophore
Date: c. 175 AC
Mint name / Town : Cyzique, Mysie
Metal : silver
Diameter : 28 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 16,35 g.
Rarity : R3
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un petit flan irrégulier avec des petites marques sur la tranche. Beau portrait. Un petit coup sur la joue. Revers bien centré avec une jolie patine de collection ancienne avec des reflets gris métallique doré
Catalogue references :
Predigree :
Cet exemplaire provient de la VSO Poindessault du 30 mars 1989 (25.000FF), n° 46, de MONNAIES VIII, n° 55 et de MONNAIES 34, n° 183. Certificat d’exportation

Obverse


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête laurée de femme à droite (Koré ou Apollonis ?).

Reverse


Reverse description : Torche allumée couchée à gauche, accostée de deux monogrammes ; le tout dans une couronne de chêne.
Reverse legend : KUXI//KHNWN// (ITK)// (MITRK).
Reverse translation : (des Cyzicènes).

Commentary


Trace de cassure de coin perceptible au droit devant le cou.

Historical background


Mysia - Cyzicus

(Third century BC)

Cyzicus, a colony of Miletus founded in the eighth century BC, is placed 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. Coinage with the portrait of Korah began around 390 BC and ended with the arrival of Alexander the Great in Asia Minor. The city was supposed to be the place where Persephone was abducted by Hades. The lion on the back should be dedicated to Apollo, considered the father of the founder of the city.

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