Asia, Mysia, Kyzikos, EL Hecte, NGC graded

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Asia, Mysia. Kyzikos. 500-400 BC. EL Hecte – Sixth Stater (10mm, 2.61 g).
Nude Herakles kneeling left in foreground, and his brother, Iphikles, also nude, kneeling right in background, fighting Hera's serpents on tunny left // Quadripartite incuse square.

Von Fritze I 208; cf. Boston MFA 1531 = Warren 1477 (stater); cf. SNG BN 341 (stater).

Mint state, NGC AU 4/5, 4/5

Graded NGC Yes
Grade MS63
Certificate Number 6555900-002
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Provenance Details

Ex Auction Triton XX, lot 241.

Comment

A remarkable fine style depiction of the Infant Herakles saving his brother Iphicles from the serpents that Hera had slipped into their crib to avenge herself on her philandering husband, Zeus. A wonderful and very rare mythological motif.

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