550-500BC El Sixth Stater or Hecte MS

IONIA. Erythrae. Ca. 550-500 BC. EL sixth stater or hecte (10mm, 2.51 gm). NGC MS 4/5 - 5/5. Head of Heracles left, wearing lion-skin headdress / Quadripartite incuse square. SNG von Aulock 1942. Struck in good metal, with a strong incuse. Gorgeous and very scarce this nice.

Ionia/Western Asia Minor is an ancient region of central coastal Anatolia in present-day Turkey, the region nearest İzmir, which was historically Smyrna. It consisted of the northernmost territories of the Ionian League of Greek settlements. Never a unified state, it was named after the Ionian tribe who, in the Archaic Period (600–480 BC), settled mainly the shores and islands of the Aegean Sea. Ionian states were identified by tradition and by their use of Eastern Greek.

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