5th Century BC AR Hemistater VF

WESTERN ASIA MINOR. Uncertain city. Ca. 5th century BC. AR hemistater(?) (17mm, 5.43 gm, 12h). NGC Choice VF 5/5 - 2/5. Cow standing left, head right; below, suckling calf kneeling right below / Incuse male head with African features left. Unpublished in major references; see CNG 102, lot 439; Gemini IV, lot 195; and NAC 52, lot 177 (same dies) for other examples. Evidently ONLY THE FOURTH KNOWN specimen! Exceedingly RARE!

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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