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11000596
Triton XXII, Lot: 596. Estimate $2000.
Sold for $3250. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

SELEUCIS and PIERIA, Antioch. Commodus. As Caesar, AD 166-177. AR Tetradrachm (26mm, 14.51 g, 6h). Struck circa AD 175. KOMMOΔΩ KAI CЄB VIΩ, bare head left, set upon eagle standing left, head right, with wings spread / ΓЄPMANIK CAPMAT, Tyche seated right on rocky outcropping, holding grain ears and poppy in right hand; above, ram leaping right, head left; below, half-length figure of river-god Orontes swimming right. Prieur 167; McAlee 626 (this coin illustrated); RPC IV Online 7163. Good VF, toned. Extremely rare.


From the Michel Prieur Collection. Ex Freeman & Sear FPL 4 (Summer 1996), no. D71.

From Prieur: “The ram is said to represent Aries, which was the star sign of the month in which the city was founded.”