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CNG 103, Lot: 210. Estimate $5000.
Sold for $13000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

MYSIA, Kyzikos. Circa 500-450 BC. EL Stater (15.5mm, 15.83 g). Warrior, nude but for helmet, blowing into trumpet(?) held in right hand, left hand holding sheathed sword behind, crouching left on tunny left / Quadripartite incuse square. Von Fritze I 115; Greenwell 96; Boston MFA –; SNG BN 261 = Pozzi 2180 corr. (weight); Gillet –; Gulbenkian –; Jameson –; Rosen –; Traité II 2633; Weber –; Sotheby’s, 7 July 1995, lot 64 = Leu 42, lot 277. VF, toned. Extremely rare, only two examples published in major collections (Berlin and Paris), none in CoinArchives, and this is the first that CNG has handled.

Two other staters are known that are varieties of this issue, with the sword held at an angle, rather than straight upward, and a fillet(?) hanging from the hilt: Myrmekion 27 and Leu 36, lot 144 = Hess-Leu 1, lot 141.