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Sale: Nomos 7, Lot: 125. Estimate CHF1500. 
Closing Date: Tuesday, 14 May 2013. 
Sold For CHF2400. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

LESBOS, Unattributed early mint. Circa 500-450 BC. Stater (Billon, 11.31 g). Two calf’s heads confronted, forming a single facing head; between them, laurel tree. Rev. Incuse square. SNG Copenhagen 285. SNG von Aulock 1682. Traité I, pl. XV, 14. Toned and clear. Good very fine.

From the Robinow Collection, Morton & Eden, 24 October 2011, 137 and ex Bank Leu 2, 25 April 1972, 237.

Lesbos seems to have specialized in unusual types that could be viewed in two ways: the two calves’ heads on the obverse either can be seen as separate animals facing each other, or as a single head facing the viewer (albeit with two necks!).