LYCIAN DYNASTS. Kherei, ca. 440-410 BC.
Silver Stater, 8.40 g., 20 mm.
Obv. Helmeted head of Athena left.
Rev. Laureate and bearded portrait head, possibly of Kherei, within incuse square.
Traité II – cf. 344, pl. XCIX, 2 (variant with monogram on Athena’s helmet); BMC Lycia – ; SNG von Aulock – ; O. Mørkholm – J. Zahle, The coinages of the Lycian dynasts Kheriga, Kherêi and Erbbina, Acta Archeologica 47, 1976, 57; W. Schwabacher, Lycian Coin-Portraits, Essays Robinson, pl. 11, 3; N. Vismara, – .
Ex Demarete Collection, acquired from Frank Kovacs.
NGC graded XF, Strike 4/5, Surface 4/5, with a wonderful and expressive portrait, a particularly rare type with only one other specimen recorded in Coin Archives (Tradart SA, Dec. 2014, lot 170, a specimen in superior grade that realized over $ 7000)