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Coin ID #12350

Mytilene (BC 454-427) EL Hekte - B35

ca 454-427 BC. EL Hekte (2.47g, 9mm, 6h). Helmeted head of Athena right / Confronting calf’s heads and ΛΕ above, all within incuse square. Near VF. Carr coll. Ex Naville 9, lot 72 (9/2014).

Bodenstedt notes two varieties of the reverse - one with the letters ΛΕ above the confronting calf’s heads and one without. Of the 24 examples noted by Bodenstedt, only 4 are with ΛΕ. The letters ΛΕ denote the coin is from the island of Lesbos. There are 5 different electrum coin emissions of Mytilene that include the letters ΛΕ - B14, B20, B23, B28 and B35.

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City/Mint name:Mytilene EL
Keywords:electrum / classical
References:Bodenstedt 35
Valuation:Roma Auc. 17 (4/2015), lot 260 [EUR 240 ($364) + comm]
Photo courtesy of:Roma Numismatics Limited -
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Date added:Apr 30, 2015
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Adrian   [May 02, 2015 at 04:35 PM]
At the time of upload, only a further 12 coins of B35 have appeared at electronic sale or auction, and of those only 4 examples with the letters ΛE on the reverse. In addition, there are some examples where the letters ΛE clearly appear on the obverse behind the head of Athena but not at the same time on the reverse. The reason for the addition of these letters on some examples of B35 and not others remains uncertain. However, all examples with the letters ΛE on the reverse appear to be from the same die.

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