Numismatics
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Photo credit: Christopher Gardner
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Photo credit: Christopher Gardner
Mint: Cyzicus
Artist: Unknown
Honorand: Demosthenes, Athenian orator and politician

Stater of Demosthenes from Cyzicus

322–300 B.C.

Electrum

16.05 g, 20.5 mm
The Ernest Collection in memory of Israel Myers
2007.182.340

The mint of Cyzicus coined in electrum far later than other mints; they maintained the early incuse punches on the reverse, and the obverse was an outlet for artistic creativity. Themes included plant and animal life, and gods and heroes, always with a tuna, the symbol of the mint. Here this symbol is seen at the base of the bust of the orator Demosthenes, identifiable from his sculptural portraits—normally the process is the reverse, since portraits in the round are typically identified from coins. The coin is part of a series that includes other prominent figures from Greek history.

Culture: 
Greek
Period: 
4th century B.C.
Classification: 
Numismatics
Geography: 
Made in Cyzicus, Mysia
Status: 
By appointment
Provenance: 

Frank L. Kovacs, San Mateo, Calif., to about 2007; Anonymous, San Francisco, to 2007; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Bibliography: 

“Acquisitions, July 1, 2007–June 30, 2008,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2008): 192.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.