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Ancient Greek and Roman coins from Asia Minor

Coin ID #13775

Mytilene (BC 454-427) EL Hekte - B52 var.

ca 454-427 BC. EL Hekte (2.61g, 10.5mm, 10h). Young male head facing right, wearing taenia / In archaic style, wreathed male head facing right, wearing long beard slanted downwards, all within incuse square. Good VF. Carr coll.

This emission is a rarer issue of this type with a small head on the reverse. The identity of the individuals featured on this coin has been open to speculation. Some suggest the obverse male is a youthful river god. Some have suggested the male on the reverse is an older river god, others suggest it is Dionysos. Bodenstedt notes 29 examples of this general emission and within that only 4 of this variety. A further 81 examples have appeared at auction, this being the 81st and within that only 5 of this variety.

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City/Mint name:Mytilene EL
Keywords:electrum / classical
References:Bodenstedt 52
Valuation:CNG Auc. 398 (5/2017), lot 201 [$525 + comm]
Photo courtesy of:Classical Numismatic Group Inc -
Filesize:193 KiB
Date added:Jun 02, 2017
Dimensions:800 x 407 pixels
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