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Triton XXIV

Lot nuber 634

MYSIA, Kyzikos. Circa 450-330 BC. EL Stater (18.5mm, 15.97 g).

Triton XXIV
Lot: 634.
 Estimated: $ 20 000

Greek, Coin-in-Hand Video, Electrum

Sold For $ 32 000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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MYSIA, Kyzikos. Circa 450-330 BC. EL Stater (18.5mm, 15.97 g). Head of Dionysos right, wearing diadem decorated with ivy wreath; below, tunny right / Quadripartite incuse square. Von Fritze I 138; Greenwell 36; Boston MFA 1529 = Warren 1455; SNG BN 288; BMC 58; Gulbenkian 639 = Pozzi 2176; Jameson –. A couple of minor edge splits. Near EF. Well centered, struck from dies of exceptional artistic merit. Very rare, the only example in CoinArchives.

From the Jonathan P. Rosen Collection. Ex Roma XIV (21 September 2017), lot 227 (hammer £30,000).

This type is glowingly referred to by Greenwell pg. 67, “Head of Dionysus, as noble in expression as it is beautifully executed. The god is here presented as manifesting the strength and repose of nature, not as when she appears in the activity and tumult of production, but when she has provided all that sustains and gladdens the life of man, and rests, though without fatigue, from her labor.

It may be contrasted, and much to its advantage, with the head of the god on the coins of the Sicilian Naxus, which, beautiful as it is, does not possess the calm dignity of the Cyzicene picture. It may be compared with the head on the tetradrachms and drachms of Thasus, which for breadth of treatment and majestic quietness with strength, is not surprassed by any head in the whole Greek coin series.”

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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