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Triton XXII, Lot: 652. Estimate $1000.
Sold for $2500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

SELEUCIS and PIERIA, Laodicea ad Mare. Hadrian. AD 117-138. AR Tetradrachm (25mm, 13.00 g, 12h). Dated year 170 of the Caesarean Era (AD 123/4). AYTOKP KAICAP TPAIANOC A-ΔPIANOC CЄBACT, laureate and cuirassed bust of Hadrian right, with gorgoneion on breastplate / IOYΛIЄωN TωN KAI ΛAOΔIKЄωN, turreted and draped bust of Tyche right, with grape bunches in hair; OP (date) below chin. Prieur 1109; RPC III 3805.6 (this coin, illustrated on pl. 168). Good VF, toned, minor scratches, slight doubling on reverse. Fine style. Very rare, 1 of only 6 cited in RPC.

From the Michel Prieur Collection. Ex Robert O. Ebert Collection (Part I, Stack’s Bowers & Ponterio 174, 11 January 2013), lot 5142; Numismatica Ars Classica 1 (39 March 1989), lot 862; Münzen und Medaillen AG FPL 279 (August 1967), no. 40.