ALYATES II ELECTRUM HECTE ( HEKTE ) – SUPER INTERESTING SPECIMEN WITH FIGURAL COUNTERMARKS INCLUDING THE HEAD OF A BULL – FINE GREEK LYDIAN KINGDOM COIN (Inv. 12146)
KINGDOM OF LYDIA. King Alyattes II (or possibly Croesus), ca. 610-540 BC.
Electrum EL hecte (1/6 stater), 2.31 g., 10 mm.
Obv. Head of roaring lion right, wart on nose.
Rev. Irregularly shaped incuse.
Weidauer group XVI, 86-9; SNG Kayhan 1013; Rosen 655-6.
NGC graded FINE, Strike 4/5, Surface 2/5, “countermarks”. The numerous countermarks or banker’s marks on this coin no doubt intended to revalidate the piece for further use. One of the countermarks is highly interesting as it is figural and depicts the head of a bull facing right. On the edge below, there is a somewhat smaller countermark, not so well struck, but this one appears to show a running figure with arms raised.