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Stater (Coin) Depicting a Crouching Dog

A work made of electrum.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of electrum.


5th century BCE


Greek; Kyzikos, Mysia (now Turkey)

About this artwork

The front (obverse) of this coin depicts a dog with collar, crouching on forelegs to the left; below is a tunny fish, which was such an important product of the local economy that it appeared on all coinage of Kyzikos. The back (reverse) shows an incuse square quartered in a mill-sail pattern.


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Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium


Ancient Greek


Stater (Coin) Depicting a Crouching Dog


Mysia (Minted in)

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500 BCE–401 BCE




Diam.: 1.9 cm (3/4 in.)

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Gift of Martin A. Ryerson

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