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CNG 111, Lot: 551. Estimate $500.
Sold for $850. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

SELEUCIS and PIERIA, Laodicea ad Mare. Divus Augustus. Died AD 14. AR Tetradrachm (25mm, 13.64 g, 12h). Radiate head right; ΦΙ below chin / Veiled, draped, and turreted bust of Tyche right; CI(?) below. Prieur 1102; RPC I 4382. VF, toned, light marks and scratches. Extremely rare, only three known to Prieur, none in CoinArchives, and four specimens cited by the authors of RPC.

From the Michel Prieur Collection, purchased from Kricheldorf in 2001.

This may be RPC 4382, no. 4 as described by the authors of RPC, with perhaps the letters CI below the bust. The weight is given as 13.61, very close to the present coin, but the pedigree given is erroneous: MMAG 38 (1984), lot 355.