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CNG Feature Auction 126

Lot nuber 208

MYSIA, Kyzikos. Circa 600-550 BC. EL Hekte – Sixth Stater (9.5mm, 2.63 g). VF.

CNG Feature Auction 126
Lot: 208.
 Estimated: $ 500

Greek, Electrum

Sold For $ 950. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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MYSIA, Kyzikos. Circa 600-550 BC. EL Hekte – Sixth Stater (9.5mm, 2.63 g). Louvar left; below, tunny left / Quadripartite incuse square. Hurter & Liewald III p. 14, 3; CNG 105, lot 143; CNG 99, lot 170; CNG E-387, lot 122; CNG inventory 922164; Savoca 203, lot 112; otherwise unpublished. A little off center, minor scratches and scrapes. VF. Very rare.

The only extant species in the genus Luvarus and the family Luvaridae, the louvar, known in German as the Dianafisch and in Spanish as the emperador, dates from the Paleogene period, and is closely related to the surgeonfish. A large ellipsoidal fish, it can grow up to 2m (over 6 feet) in length and is considered a delicacy, but is rarely found in fish stores and is usually caught ‘by-catch.’ See Gemini VII, lot 462 for the stater of this issue, and CNG 99, lot 170 for the hemihekte. Hurter & Liewald placed this issue in a section of coins “associated to Kyzikos”, as they doubted the attribution without further information (they knew of only one example appearing in a private collection). However, a few more of these have recently come to market alongside contemporary issues definitively placed at Kyzikos, so the attribution to that city must be accepted.

The final winners of all CNG Feature Auction 126 lots will be determined during the live online sale that will be held on 28-29 May 2024. This lot is in Session One, which will begin 28 May at 9 AM ET.

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