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CNG 88, Lot: 1018. Estimate $200.
Sold for $120. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

UNCERTAIN ASIA MINOR, Caesarea. Claudius. AD 41-54. Æ (25mm, 8.09 g, 12h). Dated year 5. Bare head right / Tyche seated right on rocky outcropping, holding grain ears; below, forepart of uncertain river-god swimming right; ETOYC E (date) upwards to left. RPC 4086; BMC 4 (Anazarbus in Cilicia); De Saulcy 1 (Caesarea Panias in Judaea); MG 182 (Caesarea in Cappadocia). VF, dark green patina, light roughness and deposits.

From Group CEM.

As witnessed in the references above, there has been no shortage of speculation about which Caesarea this issue belongs to. Finds in eastern Cilicia and Northern Syria seem to exclude the Judaean and Cappadocian Caesareas, and the style and fabric fit nicely with eastern Cilician mints. Anazarbus would then seem like the logical choice, but the dating system used this on this issue would be entirely out of character for the mint.