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MYTILENE ELECTRUM HECTE ( HEKTE ) – POPULAR EMISSION WITH AN ANCIENT OPTICAL ILLUSION WITHIN A PAIR OF OVERLAPPING HEADS – XF NGC GRADED GREEK LESBOS COIN (Inv. 12457)

$ 2,875.00

LESBOS. MYTILENE. Ca. 454-427 BC.
EL Hecte ( Hekte ), 2.57 g., 10 mm.
Obv. Helmeted head of Athena right.
Rev. A pair of confronted female head, overlapping, within an incuse square.
Bodenstedt 55.
NGC graded XF, Strike 4/5, Surface 3/5, a very popular type with an ancient optical illusion where a single eye serves for both female heads, forcing the viewer to focus on one or another at a time.