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Triton XXIV

Lot nuber 631

MYSIA, Kyzikos. Circa 450-330 BC. EL Hekte – Sixth Stater (17.5mm, 16.08 g).

Triton XXIV
Lot: 631.
 Estimated: $ 5 000

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 450-330 BC. EL Hekte – Sixth Stater (17.5mm, 16.08 g). Head of Zeus-Ammon right on tunny right / Quadripartite incuse square. Von Fritze I 130; Greenwell 3; Boston MFA 1520 = Warren 1423; SNG BN 281; BMC 55; Gulbenkian 640; Jameson 1419. Lightly toned. VF. Well centered.

From the Jonathan P. Rosen Collection. Ex RAJ Collection (Triton XVII, 7 January 2014), lot 262, purchased from F. Shore in 1997; Classical Numismatic Group 40 (with Numismatica Ars Classica, 4 December 1996), lot 1027.

This type depicts the deity Zeus Ammon, at first a local Libyan deity that was popularized throughout the Greek world with the help of Pindar the poet, the first Greek to dedicate an ode to the god. Alexander the Great later famously spared Pindar’s house during his sack of Thebes, and made his own visit to the shrine of Zeus Ammon in the Siwa Oasis to follow in the footsteps of Heracles and Perseus, the purported founders of the Achaemenid and Macedonian dynasties. This further popularized the worship of Zeus Ammon and helped make him an established part of the Greek pantheon throughout the Hellenistic world.

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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