Kore, the daughter of Demeter, was the personification of fertility. She and her mother were the patron goddesses of the city of Kyzikos.
A colony of Miletos, founded mid-8th century B.C., Kyzikos was situated on the island of Arktonnesos, just off the southern coastline of the Propontis. It occupied a position of great commercial importance and its electrum staters, called “Kyzikenes’, circulated widely in international trade throughout the 5th and most of the 4th century B.C. In Hellenistic times Kyzikos preserved its prosperity by maintaining friendly relations with Pergamene kings and, later, with Rome.
This beautiful tetradrachm points out the importance of grain for the inhabitants of Mysia in general and Cyzicus in particular. On one side of the coin we find Kore Soteira (Persephone), daughter of Zeus and Demeter, the embodiment of vegetation, connected with spring and fertility. Her head is garnished with a triangular earring, her hair held back with a band with a sprig finishing and the rest is covered by a veil.
On the reverse are the lion and the tuna fish, classical symbols that have been mentioned above. It is a desirable piece full of symbolism in the purest Greek style.
Head of Kore (Persephone) Soteira left, hair bound in sakkos and wreathed with corn, wearing earring and necklace
Head of lion left with jaws open and tongue out; tunny fish left below
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