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    LESBOS. Mytilene. Ca. 454-427 BC. EL sixth stater or hecte (2.49 gm). NGC Choice VF 4/5 - 4/5. Diademed head of Silenus right / Two ram heads butting each other, palmette between; all in incuse square. Bodenstedt 37. HGC 6, 963 (R1). A rare type, with a high-relief head of Silenus in excellent style and careful centering on both sides.

    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. 


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