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Sale: CNG 64, Lot: 691. Estimate $500. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 24 September 2003. 
Sold For $500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

CILICIA, Tarsus. Hadrian. 117-138 AD. AR Tridrachm (10.20 gm). Laureate bust right, drapery on far shoulder / Tyche seated left, holding palm and cornucopiae, river god at her feet, all in wreath. Cf. SNG Levante 998; Prieur 763; SNG France 1404. VF. ($500)

Most of the references do not distinguish the silver issues of Hadrian from Tarsus, but it is clear there are two distinct denominations. The heavier, at about 14 grams, is the traditional tetradrachm. The lighter, at slightly over 10 grams, is most likely a tridrachm.