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Triton XXII, Lot: 699. Estimate $3000.
Sold for $4750. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

PHOENICIA, Aradus. Caracalla. AD 198-217. AR Tetradrachm (27mm, 13.64 g, 12h). Struck AD 215-217. AVT KAI M A ANTΩNINOC CЄ, laureate head of Caracalla right, set on eagle standing right / ΔHMAPX ЄΞ VΠATOC TO Δ, radiate and draped bust of solar deity right, with crescent on shoulders. Prieur 1229 (this coin illustrated); Bellinger –. EF, toned, reverse die break. Extremely rare, 1 of 2 cited by Prieur, 2 additional in CoinArchives.

From the Michel Prieur Collection. Ex Robert Gait Collection, 970; Lanz 102 (28 May 2001), lot 767; Leu 33 (3 May 1983), lot 99.

Prieur noted: “The god looks to the right, in contrast with the Shamash of ‘Emesa,’ who is always to the left.” He suggested Aglibol or Malakbel as possible identifications for the deity.