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Lot 4074

Mysia, Cyzicus / Kyzikos. Silver Tetradrachm (13.1g) struck third century BC. Head left of Kore-Soteira, in sphendone and with hair wrapped in broad band, wearing button earring with conical pedant and beaded necklace. Reverse: KY - ZI. Apollo seated left on omphalos, holding phiale in outstretched right hand, resting left on lyre at his side; to left, monogram over prow. SNG Paris 418; Brett 1580. Lovely antique gray iridescent toning. Fantastic high relief design of fine style. Very rare. Superb Extremely Fine.

The city of Kyzikos, on the southwest coast of the sea of Marmara, is best known numismatically for the magnificent series of electrum staters and fractions commencing in the closing years of the sixth century BC and extending down to the time of Alexander the Great. This late Kyzikene silver stater dates to the early Hellenistic period (ca. 300 BC). It features on the obverse an attractive head of Kore-Soteira (Persephone), daughter of Zeus and Demeter, while the reverse shows Apollo seated on the omphalos, the navel stone of the earth, with a lyre at his side. Kyzikos was the only city in this region minting larger silver denominations at this time.
Estimated Value $15,000 - 20,000.
The Hunter Collection: (Worthy of further pedigree research, as this coin was accquired for the Hunter Collection in the 1980s, and its ticket has been lost).

Realized $26,450

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