A very rare sixth shekel billon coin from Lesbos

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  1. pprp

    pprp Well-Known Member

    This is according to Lazarini, Series III, a probable sixth of a shekel (average weight of five speci-mens, 0.68 gr.)
    Obv.: Calfs’ head facing left

    Rev.: Irregular incuse square

    It took me 20 years of wait and search before I could find one... Of course as Doug said, one's cherry is the others' pit and I am particularly happy that I could get it without the usual nuisance from Clio et al. , although on this occasion I was prepared to overbid him.

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  3. Sallent

    Sallent Live long and prosper

    Very rare and very beautiful.
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  4. Valentinian

    Valentinian Supporter! Supporter

    The OP coin is very nice, but he could have gotten two boars for the price of one calf :happy::

    8 mm. Base silver. 1.09 grams.
    Confronted boar's heads, together making a panther's face.
    Hoover 6 (Islands) 1069 "1/12 stater"
    BMC Troas p. 151 #15 plate XXX.7
    Sear Greek 3488 "c. 1.15 grams" "tenth?"
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  5. Terence Cheesman

    Terence Cheesman Supporter! Supporter

    lesbos1.jpeg Perhaps its big sister Stater of Lesbos
    Hoover HGC 1076 500-450 B.C.
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  6. pprp

    pprp Well-Known Member

    oh, but I did get one with boars as well in that auction :woot:
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  7. pprp

    pprp Well-Known Member

    In fact yours is indeed the big sister:
    It is again interesting to note the persistence of the typically archaic practice of indicating the half of the double by the “half of the type”, i.e. a single calf-head.
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  8. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    +1 and lets not forget the coin has excellent surfaces, fine style and perfect centering 'for these'. Cherry. If Clio et al. did not want that coin, they should have.
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  9. Pavlos

    Pavlos You pick out the big men. I'll make them brave!

    Great coin, congratulations on this rarity!
  10. Topcat7

    Topcat7 Still Learning

    1/12 Stater (Shekel?) Base Silver, AR 8mm., 0.5gm
    Confronting Boar Heads/Incuse punch

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