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    Inscribed Hemihecte

    LYDIAN KINGDOM. Alyattes or Walwet (ca. 610-561 BC). EL 12th stater or hemihecte (8mm, 1.18 gm). NGC XF 5/5 - 4/5. Lydo-Milesian standard. Sardes mint. Head of roaring lion left; partial inscription WALWET in Lydian script before / Incuse square punch. Weidauer Group XVII, 113. Rare!

    The early inscribed electrum fractions inscribed with the Lydian legend WALWET were engraved on the obverse with two confronting lion's heads, with the legend in between. Invariably the flans were too small to show both lion heads; most surviving specimens show the right-facing lion head only, sometimes with a portion of the legend and left-facing head. This is a rare example showing the left-facing head in its entirety. 


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