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CNG 106, Lot: 615. Estimate $500.
Sold for $380. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

PHOENICIA, Byblus. Diadumenian. As Caesar, AD 217-218. Æ (24mm, 12.24 g, 12h). M • ΟΠЄ • ANTΩNINOC [...], bareheaded, draped, and cuirassed bust right / BVBΛOV [IЄ]-PAC, Tyche-Astarte, holding scepter and being crowned by Nike on column, standing right with left foot on prow; all within tetrastyle temple with shell-pattern arch. Rouvier –; BMC –; AUB –; SNG Copenhagen –. VF, green and red-brown patina, collectors’ numbers (1639 in red ink and 138 in white ink) on edge.

From the François Righetti Collection. Ex John Work Garrett Collection (Part I, Numismatic Fine Arts/Bank Leu, 16 May 1984), lot 846; Helbing Collection.

Unpublished in the standard references. A variant with the obverse legend “M ΟΠ ΔIAΔOVMЄNIANOC KAI,” a bust without drapery, and a reverse with distyle temple and legend beginning at the lower left, is rather common (see Rouvier 699, BMC 40-3, AUB 54).