• latw-18-1
    Electrum third-stater after treatment. Obverse. (©Archaeological Exploration of Sardis/President and Fellows of Harvard College)
  • latw-18-2
    Electrum third-stater after treatment. Reverse. (©Archaeological Exploration of Sardis/President and Fellows of Harvard College)

Electrum Third-Stater

Date
Ca. 630-560 BC, Lydian
Museum
Manisa, Archaeological and Ethnographic Museum, 24300
Inventory No.
24300
Sardis CATNUM
2009.0005
Material
Electrum
Object Type
Coin
Coin Denomination
Third stater
Coin Mint
Sardis
Site
Sardis
Sector
AC
Trench
Ac-FT 09.1
Locus
Ac-FT 08.1 Locus 7
Description
Electrum third-stater. Obverse: roaring lion head, facing right, with “hairy nose wart.” Reverse: two incuse punches. Good condition. Weight 4.75 g, diameter 11 x 13 mm.
Comments
Similar to, but different die from, No. 17, found in the same context on the Acropolis. Analysis by Dr. Bülent Önay showed a very similar composition of the interior and surface.
Discussed
Kroll, “Coins of Sardis”; Cahill, “City of Sardis”
Bibliography
Cahill forthcoming
Author
NDC