MYSIA. CYZICUS ( KYZIKOS ). Ca. 550-500 BC
Fouree electrum hecte ( hekte ), 1.97 g., 11 mm
Obv. Daimon, a composite creature with human body, lion head, griffin’s ears and wings, running left, head turned right, holding tunny
Rev. Quadripartite incuse square.
Von Fritze 123; Greenwell 57; SNG France 272; Boston MFA 1459.
NGC graded XF, Strike 5/5, Surface 3/5, “core visible”, an ancient forgery of a a remarkable mythological type usually known from the stater denomination with the same design. At times identified as Phobos, the personification of terror, the figure may also be the Mithraic divinity Areimanios (Ahriman) as argued by Bivar, “Mithra and Mesopotamia,” Mithraic Studies [Manchester, 1975], pp. 275-89.