PHILISTIA (PALESTINE), Samaria. Early 4th century BCE. Obol (Silver, 9.5 mm, 0.80 g, 12 h), or 1/16 Shekel, of Sidonian type. Phoenician galley to left, sailing over waves; no visible inscription. Rev. On the left, Persian King standing right, holding dagger in his right hand and, with his left, grasping the head of a lion, on the right, standing rampant to left; between them, lion's head facing. Apparently unpublished. Cf. Meshorer & Qedar 1991, 44 = Traité II, 978 & pl. CXXI, 22 and Meshorer & Qedar 1999, 55 (but both with a bird standing to left between the figures on the reverse, rather than a facing lion's head). Cf. Meshorer & Qedar 1999, 171-172 (for very similar facing lion's heads). Cf. SNG ANS 6, 2 (a tetradrachm of Athenian type with a facing lion's head of the same type as the one here on the reverse). Apparently unique and of great interest. Obverse struck slightly off center, otherwise, very fine.
Hammer Price: 340 CHF
Starting Price: 200 CHF