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Research Coins: Printed Auction

 
Triton XXII, Lot: 586. Estimate $500.
Sold for $800. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

SELEUCIS and PIERIA, Antioch. Nerva. AD 96-98. AR Tetradrachm (27mm, 14.54 g, 12h). Dated “New Holy Year” 2 (AD 97/8). AVT NEPOVAΣ KAIΣ ΣEB ΓEPM, laureate bust right, wearing aegis / ETOVΣ NEOV IEPOV B (date), eagle standing right on thunderbolt, with wings spread; palm frond to right. Prieur 150 (this coin illustrated); McAlee 420; RPC II 3477.8 (this coin, illustrated on pl. 157). VF, toned, scratches in field on obverse. Rare.


From the Michel Prieur Collection. Ex Numismatic Fine Arts XXXI (18 March 1993), lot 584.

All of Nerva's year 2 tetradrachms from Antioch include the title Germanicus, which he received around November AD 97. Since he died just a few months later at the end of January 98, all coins of this date are rare, with Prieur knowing of only 8 specimens at the time of his publication, compared to 87 for year 1.