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Triton XXI, Lot: 507. Estimate $1000.
Sold for $1400. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

CARIA, Uncertain. 5th century BC. AR Quarter Stater(?) (13mm, 2.93 g, 12h). Lion standing left, head turned right, raising left forepaw / Forepart of bull (or boar?) right in dotted square within incuse square. Unpublished. Near EF, toned, patches of find patina. Apparently unique.

The obverse type is similar to the reverses of a Carian series featuring a winged male deity on the obverse (cf. SNG Kayhan 977–8 and Rosen 624), as well as an archaic Carian stater issue featuring a lion’s head turned back (cf. Dewing 2350–2). The type combination here also is commonly used on various issues in Caria; all attributed to uncertain mints.