ALYATTES II ELECTRUM TRITE – EARLY VARIANT OF LION WITH SOLAR SYMBOL ON HEAD – CHOICE VF NGC GRADED GREEK LYDIAN KINGDOM COIN (Inv. 16748)
KINGDOM OF LYDIA. King Alyattes II, ca. 630-mid 6th century BC.
Electrum Trite (1/3 stater), 4.71 g, 13 mm, uninscribed issue, minted at Sardes.
Obv. Head of roaring lion right, sun with 4 distinct rays resembling a star floating above.
Rev. Two part incuse.
Weidauer Group XV, 59-76 (likely same dies as Weidauer 61).
NGC graded CHOICE VF, Strike 5/5, Surface 4/5, a specimen from earlier part of this long series where the sun symbol is particularly clear bearing a close resemblance to a shining star (which Weidauer calls the “four-rayed wart”).