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Kyzikos, Mysia, c. 550 - 450 B.C.
Kyzikos, purportedly the first Milesian colony, was located on the southwest shore of the Propontis in ancient Mysia next to the river Aisepos. Its prosperity was due principally to its two fine harbors, which made the city a convenient stopping point for merchant ships trading between the Aegean and Black Seas. Its principal export was the tunny, of which its waters had abundant stock. The prevalence of winged beings in Kyzikene coinage is a reflection of archaic mythological convention that assigned wings to most divine or sacred entities as an immediately visible and understandable symbol of their nature, and in the case of gods, of their power to move at will across great distances. In the case of the winged animals, we should probably understand these to be attributes of or animals sacred to a particular Olympian god.
SH86217. Electrum stater
, Von Fritze I
VII) 104 & pl. 3, 23; Boston MFA
1433; SNG BnF
245; SNG Cop
-; BMC Mysia
-, VF, tight flan
, edge cracks, Kyzikos mint, weight
16.091g, maximum diameter
19.9mm, die axis
, c. 550 - 450 B.C.; obverse
winged dog seated left, head
turned back right, curved archaic wing, wearing collar, tunny fish below to left; reverse
square; extremely rare
Catalog current as of Thursday, January 17, 2019.
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