Mysia Cyzicus Pegasus Electrum Stater NGC VF
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c. 500-450 BC
NGC VF 4x4
obv winged stag forepart
rv quadripartite incuse
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The most important issuer of electrum coins in the Greek world was Cyzicus, a wealthy port on the southern shore of the Bosporus, the strait that links the Black Sea with the Aegean. Its ideal location allowed the city’s merchants to grow wealthy from their near-monopoly on trade between Greece and the distant shores of the Black Sea.
Mysia, Cyzicus Electrum coinage is ranked #75 in the 100 Greatest Ancient Coins Book. There are more than 180 design types in the series. Like the coin we are featuring today- “Pegasus” detailed enough to see the winged horse flying left with the Cyzicus Tuna underneath.