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Sale: CNG 73, Lot: 346. Estimate $1500. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 13 September 2006. 
Sold For $9000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

IONIA, Uncertain. Circa 600 BC. EL Hekte - 1/6 Stater (2.42 g). Milesian standard. Figural type. Head of roaring lion right on striated background / Double incuse square punches. Unpublished. Good VF. Apparently unique.

A few very rare issues of electrum have a lion forepart on a horizontally-striated field (cf. CNG 69, lots 444 and 447), but this is apparently the first appearance of lion’s head on a vertically-striated field.