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ID:     806141
     [UNVERIFIED]
Type:     Greek
Region:     IONIA, ISLANDS OFF
City:     Samos
Date Ruled:     Circa 600-570 BC
Metal:     Electrum
Denomination:     Hemistater
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     BC Circa 600-570
Diameter:     17 mm
Weight:     8.56 g
Obverse Description:     Rough surface with irregular markings
Reverse Description:     Incuse square and rectangle with irregular markings
Primary Reference:     Konuk, Electrum, type 1, pl. 2, B = SNG Kayhan 628
Reference2:     Nicolet-Pierre & Barrandon pl. V, 3
Reference3:     Barron pl. XXX, 2 = TraitÉ I 373
Reference4:     SNG Cop -
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Source:     http://www.cngcoins.com/Coin.aspx?CoinID=117814
Grade:     Good VF
Notes:     Extremely rare, one of approximately six known, of which only two are in private hands. The electrum coins of Samos are among the earliest Greek coins. Firm attribution of these “typeless” issues to Samos has only been recently achieved by the discovery of the hoard described by Konuk. All of the early Samian electrum types are quite rare.