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CNG 111, Lot: 270. Estimate $750.
Sold for $1000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

IONIA, Uncertain. Circa 600-550 BC. EL Hekte – Sixth Stater (11mm, 2.67 g). Phokaic standard. Fibula on convex circle (shield?) / Incuse square. Weidauer –; Elektron –; Traité I –; Boston MFA 1791; cf. Rosen 338–9 (myshemihektai); cf. SNG Kayhan 1556 (myshemihekte); SNG von Aulock –. Good VF. Rare as a hekte.

From the MM Collection. Ex Classical Numismatic Group Electronic Auction 412 (17 January 2018), lot 223.

This lot is part of a group of previously unpublished EL fractions that reached the market over the past decade, all struck on the Phokaic standard, featuring designs placed on raised roundels or shields. It is possible, though not certain, that these coins may all be from the same mint, unified by the shield theme and the common weight standard. Further research is called for to identify other types in this series and to search for any links in the reverse punches.