Cyzicus and the cereal

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Today we introduce you a magnificent tetradrachm from Mysia, that it will be auction in our Floor Auction 50, that will be hold on February 05th, 2020 in Gran Meliá Fénix Hotel in Madrid. We are facing a specimen in an extraordinary condition that doesn´t usually appear frequently in the market and it is a great opportunity for greek coins collectors.

Lot 23. Mysia. Kyzikos. Tetradrachm. 390-340 a.C.. (Sng von Aulock-1218). (Sng Cop-unlisted). (Sng France-unlisted). Obv.: Head of Kore Soteira (Persephone) left, with spikes crown and collected hair, behind ΣΩΤΕΙΡΑ. Rev.: Head of lion left with the jaws open and tongue out, in the top KY, behind HI and barleycorn, below tuna left. Ag. 9,67g. Magnificent specimen. Very rare. About uncirculated. Est...6000,00.

From the first mintings, the symbols of the lion and the tuna fish can be found in these pieces struck in electrum, but it would not be until the middle of the VI century BC that Cyzicus started minting silver coins.

This beautiful tetradrachm points out the importance of the cereal for the inhabitants of Mysia in general and Cyzicus in particular. On the obverse, we find Kore Soteira (Persephone), daughter of Zeus and Demeter, embodiment of vegetation, connected with spring and fertility. Her head is garnished with a triangular earring, her hair held back with a band with a sprig finishing and the rest of it covered by a veil.

On the reverse, the lion and the tuna fish, classical symbols that have been mentioned above. But we can also find a cereal grain under the letters HI on the right. Desirable piece full of symbolism in the purest Greek style.

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