CYZICUS (KYZIKOS) ELECTRUM HECTE – EXCEPTIONAL SPECIMEN OF THE MAN HOLDING TUNNY TYPE – CHOICE XF STAR NGC GRADED GREEK MYSIA COIN (Inv. 15012)
MYSIA. KYZIKOS (CYZICUS). Ca. 500-450 BC.
Electrum EL Hecte (hekte), 2.70 g., 10 mm.
Obv. Youth left, holding tunny by the tail.
Rev. Quadripartite incuse square.
Von Fritze 112; Greenwell 86; SNG France 253; Boston MFA 1488 = Warren 1503; SNG BN –; BMC –; Gulbenkian –; Jameson –; Weber –.
NGC graded CHOICE XF STAR, Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5, a wonderful design, well struck and executed in a fine late Archaic style where this particular kneeling pose (known in German as “knielauf”) is meant to show the figure running. The physiognomy and hairdo of the youth carrying the fish is quite similar to that seen on several warriors from the west pediment of the Temple of Aphaia, Aegina, now on display in the Munich Glyptothek.