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Triton XXIV

Lot nuber 613

MYSIA, Kyzikos. Circa 550-450 BC. EL Stater (18mm, 15.97 g).

Triton XXIV
Lot: 613.
 Estimated: $ 10 000

Greek, Coin-in-Hand Video, Electrum

Sold For $ 20 000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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MYSIA, Kyzikos. Circa 550-450 BC. EL Stater (18mm, 15.97 g). Europa riding bull left, holding its horns with her right hand, left hand resting on its hindquarters; below, tunny left / Quadripartite incuse square. Von Fritze I 108; Greenwell –; Boston MFA 1477 = Warren 1426; SNG BN 250; BMC –; Gulbenkian –; Jameson –. Toned, small metal flaws. Good VF. Well centered on a broad flan; one of few examples showing the full design. Very rare, one of only four in CoinArchives.

From the Jonathan P. Rosen Collection. Ex Roma XIV (21 September 2017), lot 216 (hammer £16,000).

This type depicts Europa atop of a bull. Europa is generally thought to be the daughter of Agenor, King of Tyre, and sister of Cadmus and Cilix. Her arrival in Crete was met by Zeus in the shape of a bull and, after having slept with her, he gave her gifts and made her queen of Crete. The origin of this myth is possibly linked back to the earlier union of the Phoenician gods Astar and Astarte. The artistic depiction of the event was extremely popular in the ancient world and has been found on pieces dating back to the 7th century BC.

The final winners of all Triton XXIV lots will be determined during the live online sale that will be held on 19-20 January 2021. This lot is in Session Two, which begins 19 January 2021 at 2 PM ET.

Winning bids are subject to a 20% buyer's fee for bids placed on this website and 22.50% for all others.

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