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Sale: CNG 64, Lot: 716. Estimate $300. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 24 September 2003. 
Sold For $300. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

CAPPADOCIA, Caesarea. Trajan. 98-117 AD. AR Tridrachm (10.40 gm). Dated to his 6th Consulship (112-114 AD). Laureate head right / Legionary aquila flanked by two standards, the one on the left topped with a wreath, the right with a hand. Sydenham, Caesarea 224; Metcalf, Caesarea pp. 148-149; SNG von Aulock 6398 (Caesarea); SNG ANS 1162 (Bostra); Kindler pg. 97. Good VF. ($300)

W. Metcalf, on the basis of hoard evidence, rejects the traditional attribution of this coin type to Caesarea in Cappadocia. He suggests the mint of Bostra in Arabia. However, Ari Kindler in his monograph on the coinage of Bostra sees no evidence for it being from Arabia. The piece remains in limbo.