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Triton XXIV

Lot nuber 618

MYSIA, Kyzikos. Circa 550-450 BC. EL Stater (16mm, 16.10 g).

Triton XXIV
Lot: 618.
 Estimated: $ 7 500

Greek, Coin-in-Hand Video, Electrum

Sold For $ 8 000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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MYSIA, Kyzikos. Circa 550-450 BC. EL Stater (16mm, 16.10 g). Nike (or Iris?) advancing left, head right, wings spread, holding in right hand a tunny by the tail, and in left hand, the hem of her chiton / Quadripartite incuse square. Von Fritze I 121; Greenwell 58; Boston MFA –; SNG BN 267; BMC 25; Gulbenkian –; Jameson 2187. Good VF. Well centered and struck. Very rare as a stater, one of only five in CoinArchives.

From the Jonathan P. Rosen Collection. Ex Roma XII (29 September 2016), lot 297 (hammer 17,000 CHF).

An extremely rare type, almost never seen on staters, this figure is commonly described as the goddess of victory, Nike. However, Greenwell states that the figure is most likely not Nike and instead points out similar artistic depictions such as Herakles’ chase of Artemis carrying a hind, or Iris being seized by satyrs, which is depicted on the Byrgos kylix in the British Museum. Regardless of whether the winged figure is Nike, Iris, or Artemis, it is an absolutely vibrant depiction of Greek mythology and shows the skill of Kyzikene engravers.

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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