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Coin ID #14022

Kebren (BC 530-480) EL Hekte

Late 6th-early 5th century BC. EL Hekte (2.47g, 10mm). Head of ram right / Incuse punch. VF. Carr coll.

Second known hekte of this type. The first example was sold by CNG and described as unique and unpublished: “Although there are a few electrum Phokaic standard hektai known with a ram’s head (particularly from Mytilene and Phokaia, and an uncertain mint [Weidauer 50]), all are distinctly different in style from this coin. At the same time, the style of the ram’s head here is a perfect match to the type found on the early silver issues at Kebren (cf. SNG Ashmolean 1076–7). See SNG Kayhan 1565 and CNG 90 (5/2012), lot 577 for myshemihektes of the same style and standard, but with head left.” CNG have since sold a hemihekte of the same style and standard [see CNG 105 (5/2017) lot 225]. The reverse of this example is very different from the CNG examples.

File information
City/Mint name:Kebren
Keywords:electrum / archaic
References:cf CNG 102 (5/2016) lot 400 (different reverse punch)
Valuation:Naumann Auc. 57 (9/2017), lot 158 [EUR 350 + comm]
Photo courtesy of:Numismatik Naumann -
Filesize:280 KiB
Date added:Sep 08, 2017
Dimensions:1300 x 674 pixels
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Adrian   [Oct 28, 2017 at 02:55 PM]
Feedback to the owner of this coin speculates that, for the reverse, if you rotate the coin counter clockwise to 21:00 one can see a lion head with open mouth facing right. Others have suggested that the reverse is an ill-formed human portrait facing right. Numismatically an interesting coin.

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