CYZICUS ELECTRUM STATER – VERY RARE ACHELOOS TYPE WITH IMPORTANT ROTATED DOUBLE STRIKE ERROR – CHOICE FINE NGC GRADED GREEK MYSIA COIN (Inv. 16792)
MYSIA, CYZICUS ( Kyzikos ). Circa 550-450 BC.
Electrum Stater, 15.98 g, 20 mm.
Obv. Head of Acheloös left, tunny swimming upward in right field.
Rev. Quadripartite incuse square.
Von Fritze “Die Elektronprägung von Kyzikus”, -; Boston MFA -; Greenwell -; S. Hurter & H.-J. Liewald, “Neue Münztypen der Kyzikener Elektronprägung”, SNR 81 (2002), 11a = Gulbenkian 607.
NGC graded CHOICE FINE, Strike 3/5, Surface 4/5, “die shift”, an exceedingly rare type with 4 other pieces on CoinArchives, this piece has an interesting rotated double strike, an error seldom seen on Cyzicene staters. The first strike was rotated some 45 degrees counter clockwise with the deep gash separating the god’s neck truncation from the tunny visible across the neck of the second struck image. Furthermore, in front of Acheloös’ head is a form that is the remnant of his horn from the original image.