IONIA. EPHESUS. Phanes, ca. 625-600 BC
Electrum EL 1/24 stater, 0.61 g., 7 mm.
Obv. Forepast of stag right, head turned to left.
Rev. Incuse with linear designs.
Cf. Weidauer 36-37 (1/12 stater); SNG von Aulock 7773
NGC graded CHOICE FINE, Strike 5/5, Surface 4/5, NGC # 4276664-003.
A historical coin, this piece is a smaller denomination belonging to the series issued by Phanes, an individual otherwise unknown in the historical record. The stater and trite are signed with Phanes’ names and are the first coins to bear a legend and a personal name. The lower denominations, such as this piece, feature variations on the famous stag design that is identified as the “badge” of Phanes on stater.