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Research Coins: Feature Auction

Sale: Triton IX, Lot: 957. Estimate $300. 
Closing Date: Monday, 9 January 2006. 
Sold For $675. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

KINGS of LYDIA. Time of Alyattes II. Late 7th-early 6th century BC. EL Hemihekte – 1/12 Stater (1.16 g). Head of roaring lion right, sun with multiple rays on forehead / Incuse square punch. Weidauer 90; SNG Kayhan 1015. VF. Well centered and struck. ($300)

See J. Spier, "Notes on early Electrum Coinage and a Die-linked issue from Lydia" in Essays Price, p. 333, for the reassignment of Weidauer 90, listed in her Group XVI, to the earlier Group XV coinage. For the general dating of this group, see S. Karwiese, "The Artemisium Coin Hoard and the First Coins of Ephesus" in RBN CXXXVII (1991).