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208, Lot: 211. Estimate $200.
Sold for $610. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

SYRIA, Coele-Syria. Damascus. Philip I. AD 244-249. Æ 28mm (13.24 g, 1h). Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right / River-god Chrysoroas seated left within arched grotto, holding grain ear and cornucopia; above, Marsyas standing within tetrastyle temple; star in left field, crescent in right field; ΠHTAI in exergue. Cf. Rosenberger 40 (for same rev. type on coin of Otacilia); SNG München -; BMC -; SNG Copenhagen -. Near VF, dark brown patina, rubbed on the high points, minor roughness. Very rare.

Ex Dix, Noonan, Webb (29 September 2008), lot 5715.

Phtai is the name of the Spring which feeds the Chrysoroas river.