600-550 BC El 24th Stater or Myshemihecte NGC MS 5/5 - 4/5

IONIA. Uncertain city. Ca. 600-550 BC. EL 24th stater or myshemihecte (7mm, 0.69 gm). Facing head of lioness or panther / Incuse square. Cf. Rosen 312 (hecte). SNG Copenhagen 329 (hecte). Cf. Weidauer 162-165 (hemihectes). EXTREMELY RARE! Exceptionally well-centered, detailed strike for so tiny a coin. Incredible piece and again Extremely 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.