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Triton XXII, Lot: 695. Estimate $2000.
Sold for $2250. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

SYRIA, Decapolis, Gadara. Caracalla. AD 198-217. AR Tetradrachm (23mm, 11.83 g, 6h). Struck AD 215-217. AVT KAI A-NTωNINOC CЄB, laureate head of Carcalla set on eagle standing right / ΔHMAPX Є-Ξ VΠAT Δ, laureate bust of Melkart-Hercules (with the features of Caracalla) right, with lion’s skin tied around neck; star above, club to right; below, the Three Graces standing within wreath. Prieur 1584 var. or corr. (star on rev. not noted); Bellinger –; Shoshana 20626 var. (legends, no star [hammer $16,000]). Good VF. Extremely rare.

From the Michel Prieur Collection.

Prieur cited only 1 example for this variety, in the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, which he did not illustrate. The star is not noted in his description so it is unclear if this is a variant of Prieur 1584 or if his description needs to be corrected.