Coin ID: 4241315011
IONIA. Uncertain city. Ca. 600-550 BC. EL 24th stater or myshemihecte (6mm, 0.64 gm). NGC AU 5/5 - 4/5. Lioness or panther seated right, roaring / Quadripartite incuse square. Cf. Gulbenkian 724 (hecte). cf. SNG von Aulock 1776 (hecte). Extremely RARE and even POSSIBLY UNIQUE, unpublished in standard references.
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.