|Coins - Gold - Ancient|
|Realisation Price||2,100.00 USD|
Goldberg Auctioneers / NY International Coin Auction (#102) - 10/01/2018 / Greek Coinage - Ancient Coins / Lot 162
Lesbos, Mytilene. Electrum Hekte (2.53 g), ca. 454-428/7 BC Nearly EF Lesbos, Mytilene. Electrum Hekte (2.53 g), ca. 454-428/7 BC. Bearded head of Silenos right. Head of lion facing within incuse square. Bodenstedt 47; HGC 6, 973. Fine Style Portrait. Boldly struck in high relief and well centered. Toned. Nearly Extremely Fine. Estimated Value $1,000 From the Dionysus Collection. Silenos, a minor rustic wine deity closely connected to Dionysos, appears with some frequency on the coins of Mytilene as a reference to wine production on Lesbos. In antiquity the island was famous for its Pramnian wine. Homer refers to this vintage in the Odyssey and another tradition held that a brother of Sappho, the famous lyric poet of Mytilene, was an exporter of Lesbian wine to Egypt.