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Triton XXII, Lot: 542. Estimate $750.
Sold for $3750. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

CYRRHESTICA, Hierapolis. Caracalla. AD 198-217. AR Tetradrachm (25mm, 13.19 g, 1h). Struck AD 215-217. AVT K M A ANTΩNЄINOC CЄ-B, radiate and draped bust right / ΔHMAPX ЄΞ V-ΠATOC TO Δ, eagle standing right, with wings spread, on lion advancing right. Prieur 933 (this coin illustrated); Bellinger –. VF, toned, porous in areas, minor weakness of strike. Extremely rare.

From the Michel Prieur Collection.

All tetradrachms of Hierapolis with an eagle standing on a lion (rather than the lion standing between the eagle’s legs) are rare. Prieur knew of only one specimen for this type, while a second, unpublished example is in a private collection.