Mysia, Kyzikos, AR Tetradrachm, Lion\'s Head, c. 390-341/0 BC
City/Region:
Mysia, Kyzikos
Denomination:
AR Tetradrachm
Composition:
Silver
Date:
circa 390-341/0 BC
Obverse:
ΣΩΤΕΙΡΑ, Head of Kore Soteira left; wearing earring, necklace, corn-wreath, and veil wound round head
Reverse:
KY-ZI, Lion's head left; beneath, tunny, left; behind, bull's head
Size:
23.25mm, 14.74g, 7h
Grade:
VF, fine style, cabinet toned, area of flat strike, slight porosity, test punch on reverse
Rarity:
rare, rare variant with the bull's head symbol
Provenance:
ex Classical Numismatic Group eAuction 412 (17 January 2018), Lot 201
References:
Pixodarus Type 2, Group D corr. (bull head, not forepart); SNG BnF 397 (same dies); BMC Mysia [Cyzikus] p. 36, 123-131 var. (diff symbol); SNG Copenhagen 53 var. (same); SGCV II 3853-3856 var. (same)

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In Greek mythology, Kore Soteira, better known as Persephone, is the daughter of Zeus and Demeter. In the famous myth, she was taken by Hades into the underworld to live with him as his wife. Zeus ordered that she be returned. However during her time there, she had eaten six pomegranate seeds. Anyone who ate in the underworld was required to remain there for eternity. She was forced to return to the underworld 6 months of each year - one month for each seed.