ALYATTES II OR CROESUS ELECTRUM TRITE – LION WITH PROMINENT SUN SYMBOL – CHOICE VF NGC GRADED GREEK LYDIA KINGDOM COIN (Inv. 13495)
KINGDOM OF LYDIA. King Alyattes II (or possibly Croesus – Kroisos), ca. 610-546 BC.
Electrum Trite (1/3 stater), 4.71 g., 14 mm, minted at Sardes.
Obv. Head of roaring lion right, “sun” with rays on forehead.
Rev. Two part incuse.
Weidauer Group XVI, 86-89; Traité I 44; SNG Kayhan 1013; Rosen 655-6.
NGC graded CHOICE VF, Strike 5/5, Surface 3/5, “countermarks” (the crescent-shaped punch behind the eye and a shallow circular countermark on lower edge).