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Coin ID #11286

Mytilene (BC 454-427) EL Hekte - B55 var

ca 454-427 BC. EL Hekte (2.56g). Helmeted head of Athena right / Two confronting female faces overlapping; all within incuse square. Good VF.

This is an unrecorded variety of Bodenstedt 55 with the head of Athena similar to an unknown type - Coin ID #11287, which was a coin sold at the Gemini Auc. IX (1/2012), lot 111.

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City/Mint name:Mytilene EL
Keywords:electrum / archaic / classical
References:Bodenstedt 55 var
Valuation:Numismatica Ars Classica Auc. 78 (5/2014), lot 1471 (CHF 3,500 + comm)
Photo courtesy of:NAC -
Filesize:79 KiB
Date added:May 28, 2014
Dimensions:829 x 410 pixels
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Adrian   [Feb 28, 2015 at 01:28 PM]
The head of Athena is too large for the Hekte size coinage which may lend support to speculation that the die used was also used on a higher denomination. Liselotte Weidauer, in her book "Problems of early Electrum Coinage" (1975, Office du livre, Fribourg), describes how a number of the series of early coinage, including those of the Milesian and Phokaian standards, used the same dies within each of those series on a number of denominations. There are other Mytilene electrum coins on this website that also give cause for such speculation - see Coin #11259 and #11287.

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