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ID:     806145
     [UNVERIFIED]
Type:     Greek
Region:     LYCIAN DYNASTS
Issuer:     Kherei
Date Ruled:     Circa 440/30-410 BC
Metal:     Silver
Denomination:     Stater
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     BC Circa 440/30-410
Diameter:     17 mm
Weight:     8.51 g
Die Axis:     6 h
Obverse Description:     Helmeted head of Athena right, wearing crested Attic helmet decorated with four olive leaves and spiral ornament; symbol behind
Reverse Legend:     KHEREI TELEBEHE
Reverse Description:     Bearded head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin headdress; around, "KHEREI TELEBEHE" in Lycian script; all within incuse square
Mint:     Telmessos
Primary Reference:     MØrkholm & Zahle II 52
Reference2:     Falghera -
Reference3:     SNG Cop Suppl. 451 var. (orientation of obv. symbol)
Reference4:     SNG VA 4189 var. (same); BMC -; TraitÉ -
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Source:     http://www.cngcoins.com/Coin.aspx?CoinID=117825
Grade:     Choice EF, toned, struck with slightly worn obverse die as usual
Notes:     Exceptional for issue. This wonderful stater features Athena on the obverse, which is undoubtedly a reflection of that on the eponymous contemporary Athenian tetradrachms. The reason the type was adopted in Lycia is uncertain, but it is present on coins of Kheriga, Kherei, and Erbbina. The head of Herakles, present on coins of Kherei and Erbbina, is thought to have been the civic badge of Telmessos.