CYZICUS (KYZIKOS) ELECTRUM STATER – FAMOUS MAN HOLDING TUNNY TYPE – CHOICE VF NGC GRADED GREEK MYSIA COIN (Inv. 16702)
MYSIA. KYZIKOS (CYZICUS). Ca. 500-450 BC.
Electrum Stater, 16.04 g, 18 mm.
Obv. Youth running left, holding tunny by the tail.
Rev. Quadripartite incuse square.
Von Fritze 112; Boston MFA 1487 = Warren 1502; SNG France 253.
NGC graded CHOICE VF, Strike 4/5, Surface 4/5, Cyzicus’ most iconic design executed in a 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.