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Triton XXIII – Session One – Greek Coinage Part I

Lot nuber 303

MYSIA, Kyzikos. Circa 550-450 BC. EL Hekte –Sixth Stater (10.5mm, 2.65 g).


Triton XXIII – Session One – Greek Coinage Part I
Lot: 303.
 Estimated: $ 1 000

Greek, Electrum

Sold For $ 2 500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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MYSIA, Kyzikos. Circa 550-450 BC. EL Hekte –Sixth Stater (10.5mm, 2.65 g). Sphinx seated left on tunny left / Quadripartite incuse square. Cf. Hurter & Liewald I 27 (unlisted denomination); otherwise unpublished in the standard references. A few minor scratches. Near EF. Extremely rare, one of three known hektai from an issue that was unknown to von Fritze (the others: Naumann 81, lot 150 and Roma XV, lot 240).

This issue that was first reported by Hurter & Liewald in their second article on Kyzikos in 2004. At that time, only four staters, one hemihekte, and one myshemihekte were known. The authors updated their 2004 article in their subsequent article in 2006, but still no hektai had been found for this issue. Interestingly, the first hektai to come to light was a fourrée--CNG E-348, lot 262, which suggested that hektai did exist for the issue. The first official hekte only recently appeared, in the 2018 Roma XV sale, and the denomination remains extremely rare for this issue today.

The final winners of all Triton XXIII lots will be determined at the live public sale that will be held on 14-15 January 2020. Triton XXIII – Session One – Greek Coinage Part I will be held Tuesday morning, 14 January 2020 beginning at 9:00 AM ET.

Winning bids are subject to a 20% buyer's fee for bids placed on this website and in person at the public auction, 22.50% for all others.