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CNG 111, Lot: 579. Estimate $300.
Sold for $425. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

MESOPOTAMIA, Edessa. Caracalla. AD 198-217. AR Tetradrachm (26mm, 13.50 g, 11h). Contemporary imitation(?). Struck circa AD 215-217. AVT KAI ANTΩNЄINOC CЄB, radiate and cuirassed bust right / ΔHMAPX ЄΞ VΠATOC T • Δ, eagle standing facing, head and tail right, with wings spread, holding wreath in beak; shrine with pediment between legs. Prieur 1720 (this coin; ‘Atypical Coins: Edessa Type’); cf. Prieur 850-1 for regular type. EF, lightly toned, underlying luster. Extremely rare, only one known to Prieur, and none in CoinArchives.

From the Michel Prieur Collection. Ex Classical Numismatic Group 39 (18 September 1996), lot 997.

While some of the Edessan types listed by Prieur under his “Atypical Coins” chapter are clearly barbarous (see Prieur 1724), some are die linked (Prieur 1723) or show a very close similarity in style to his official issues (this coin–Prieur 1720).