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Triton XXIV

Lot nuber 615

MYSIA, Kyzikos. Circa 550-450 BC. EL Stater (17.5mm, 15.96 g).

Triton XXIV
Lot: 615.
 Estimated: $ 7 500

Greek, Coin-in-Hand Video, Electrum

Sold For $ 13 000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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MYSIA, Kyzikos. Circa 550-450 BC. EL Stater (17.5mm, 15.96 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); BMC –; Gulbenkian –; Jameson –; Myrmekion 27. Lightly toned, minor scrape on obverse. Good VF. Well centered.

From the Jonathan P. Rosen Collection. Ex Nomos 13 (7 October 2016), lot 205.

This beautiful and rare issue depicts a nude warrior, wearing a helmet and gripping a sheathed sword while blowing a trumpet. Greenwell suggests that the figure is likely Jason or one of the argonauts since they tie in so closely to the mythology of the city. Jason and the argonauts were received well by king Kyzikos and the Doliones, carousing and feasting with them before they departed back upon their journey. But, upon being blown back to Kyzikos from a different direction then they came, they were mistaken for the enemies of the city and attacked. The king and many of his men were killed in the dark, but after Jason and the argonauts were extremely sorrowful and mourned and honored the dead king for three days.

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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