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Sale: Nomos 3 & 4, Lot: 134. Estimate CHF22000. 
Closing Date: Monday, 9 May 2011. 
Sold For CHF26000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

ISLANDS off IONIA, Samos. Circa 600-570 BC. Hemistater (Electrum, 6.62 g). Irregular and uncertain design, probably random. Rev. One rectangular and one square incuse, both with irregaular surfaces, next to each other. Weidauer 204-206 (same dies). Very rare. Extremely fine.

From the SF Collection, USA.

This coin stands almost at the beginning of coinage as we know it. The obverse has an irregular pattern that was probably chosen to be easy to check in case of forgery. It is surprising that the reverses seem more developed than the obverse; in any case these formless types soon were replaced by representational ones.