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Sale: Nomos 3 & 4, Lot: 119. Estimate CHF50000. 
Closing Date: Monday, 9 May 2011. 
Sold For CHF75000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

IONIA, Uncertain. Circa 600-550 BC. Stater (Electrum, 14.17 g). Two facing lion heads, one atop the other and joined at the forehead. Rev. Thin rectangular incuse between two square incuses, one smaller than the other; all with irregular interiors. Kraay - Hirmer 588 (as Miletus). Weidauer 157. Extremely rare. Bold and attractive. The upper lion head partially off the flan, as often, otherwise, extremely fine.

From the SF Collection, USA..

The lion’s head staters, and their fractions that follow, have often been ascribed to Miletus, but this is not certain. They are, nevertheless, one of the more interesting of all the 6th century coinages of Asia Minor and the series, as can be seen from the following two lots, contains a whole range of denominations.