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Triton XXI, Lot: 486. Estimate $20000.
Sold for $25000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

IONIA, Uncertain. Circa 600-550 BC. EL Stater (20mm, 16.64 g). Phokaic standard. Ithyphallic ass walking left on convex circle (shield?) / Centrally placed large incuse square flanked by two small incuse squares (the same punch struck twice). Unpublished. Good VF. Unique.

Ex Numismatica Ars Classica 92 (23 May 2016), lot 199.

This lot and the previous and following lots, all struck on the Phokaic standard, feature designs placed on raised roundels or shields. These coins may be part of a single series, perhaps all from the same mint, unified by the shield theme and the common weight standard. Two other coins in the same apparent series appeared in NAC Auction 92: lot 203 (ram on shield) and lot 209 (stag forepart on shield). Further research is called for to identify other types in this series and to search for any links in the reverse punches.