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    Extremely Rare Silenus Stater

    MYSIA. Cyzicus. Ca. 500-450 BC. EL stater (17mm, 15.96 gm). NGC Choice XF 4/5 - 4/5. Facing head of Silenus, with heavy beard and horse's ears, between two upward-facing tunny fish / Quadripartite incuse square of "mill sale" pattern. S.M. Hurter - H.J. Liewald, Neue Nominale in der Elektronpr├Ągung von Kyzikos, SNR 83 (2004), p. 33, 77. Cf. von Fritze 77, pl.2, 32 (hecte). Cf. SNG France 208 (hecte). Extremely rare as a stater, one of perhaps 10 known examples! Decently centered on a roundish flan, with a humorous head of Silenus.

    Silenus, in Greek mythology, was the main follower and drinking companion of the wine god Dionysus. Silenus is usually portrayed as a bearded older man with the ears and tail of a horse. He is usually shown in an inebriated state, often supported by another satyr or a donkey. However, he is also reputed to have had special prophetic powers when drunk. This rare and marvelous stater of Cyzicus depicts Silenus in his usual smiling, happily drunken state; the unusual frontal depiction is framed by two tunny fish, the symbol of Cyzicus.


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    January, 2018
    7th-8th Sunday-Monday
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