About the Piece
A 2.32 gr, 11.65mm electrum hecte coin from the Mytilene mint on the island of Lesbos circa 377-326 BC with the laureate head of Zeus looking right on one side, the draped bust of Nike with wings spread incused on the other, set in 18k gold and hanging 1" long from bail.
Some of the most popular ancient greek coins collected today are known as hectae, struck in West Asia Minor from the late 7th to late 4th centuries BC. from an alloy of gold and silver referred to as "electrum" and wighted to a specific standard. These original designs were quite plain with incuse punch marks of simple design from an anvil appearing on one side, and simple to no design on the obverse die side. By the early 6th century though, more intricate designs of animals and gods' faces appeared on both sides of the coins, as seen here with Zeus and Nike on the hecte from Lesbos. It is reported that the most important mints for hectae were located in Phocaea (in Ionia) and Mytilene (on nearby Lesbos), which both issued large amounts of them from 521 to 326/5 BC, coordinating alternate years of production between them.
You can feel confident that this coin is genuine, each coin has been inspected and approved to be authentic by a professional Numismatic who specializes in ancient coinage. A certificate is provided with this piece which states the information regarding its origin.