Probably only 3rd example known ! this is the best grade out of them all !
Ionia, uncertain mint EL Hekte. Circa 600-550 BC. Phokaic standard. Lion seated right / Quadripartite incuse square. Weidauer -; Elektron -; Rosen -; Traité -; SNG Kayhan -; SNG von Aulock 1776; SNG Lockett 2784 = Pozzi 2468 (same dies); Gulbenkian 724; Nomos 3, lot 123 = Heritage, 8 August 2014, lot 23036 (same dies). 2.61g, 12mm
Asia Minor, Ionia, electrum Hekte
Asia Minor, Ionia, uncertain mint, electrum Hekte, circa 600-550 BC, Phokaic standard, Lion seated right, rev. Quadripartite incuse square, 2.61g. Almost mint state, extremely rare.
circa 600-550 BC
Near Mint State. Extremely Rare.
From the A.F. Collection, Germany.
The example mentioned as selling in Heritage Auctions realised over $7,800 (including premium), having previously sold for a hammer price of SF 24,000 in 2011. The seated pose of the lion seen here is highly reminiscent of the lions adorning the seat of Cybele, the great mother goddess whose cult was widely celebrated throughout Anatolia.
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