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Sale: Nomos 2, Lot: 110. Estimate CHF5000. 
Closing Date: Monday, 17 May 2010. 
Sold For CHF8000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

IONIA, Phokaia. Circa 521-478 BC. Hekte (Electrum, 2.59 g), Circa 480-450. Forepart of rooster to left; above, seal swimming to left. Rev. Irregular incuse square. Bodenstedt 40. Extremely rare, one of three examples known. Sharply struck in high relief, an exceptional example, extremely fine.


The rooster that appears on this coin symbolizes the sunrise - as on the well-known contemporary issues of Himera in Sicily.