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Sale: Triton VIII, Lot: 369. Estimate $4000. 
Closing Date: Monday, 10 January 2005. 
Sold For $3750. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

MYSIA, Kyzikos. Circa 460-400 BC. EL Stater (15.97 gm, 12h). Warrior, nude but for crested Corinthian helmet, kneeling right, checking the straightness of his arrow, bow hung over his left wrist; tunny downward behind / Quadripartite incuse punch. Von Fritze I 117; Greenwell 93; Traité pl. CLXXIV, 10; Boston MFA 1490; SNG France 263; BMC Mysia pg. 30, 79; cf. SNG Copenhagen Supp. 301 (type left); SNG von Aulock -. VF. ($4000)

This type is part of a sub-series of Kyzikene staters that depict a warrior, in this case an archer, in the various stages of preparing his equipment for battle (Von Fritze I 115-117). It is not known whether this sub-series depicts any particular hero from mythology.

See lot 366 for more information on the electrum coinage of Kyzikos.