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Kyzikos, Mysia, c. 1st Century B.C.
In 74 B.C. Cyzicus, allied with Rome, withstood a siege by King Mithridates VI of Pontus. Rome rewarded this loyalty with territory and with municipal independence which lasted until the reign of Tiberius. When it was incorporated into the Empire, it was made the capital of Mysia, afterward of Hellespontus. Cyzicus was one of the great cities of the ancient world.
GB91361. Bronze AE 20, cf. SNG BnF 464 var. (H below), SNGvA 1235 (uncertain letter below); SNG Cop 72 (same); BMC Mysia p. 39, 151 (same), F, attractive green patina, well centered, some scattered porosity, light earthen deposits, Kyzikos (Kapu Dagh, Turkey) mint, weight 5.687g, maximum diameter 19.6mm, die axis 0o
, c. 1st century B.C.; obverse bust of Kore Soteira right, wreathed with grain; reverse KY/ZI in two lines,
monogram at center, all inside oak wreath, uncertain Greek letter below wreath; $40.00
Catalog current as of Saturday, August 17, 2019.
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