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Sale: CNG 64, Lot: 733. Estimate $250. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 24 September 2003. 
Sold For $320. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

SYRIA, Decapolis. Rabbathmoba-Areopolis. Septimius Severus. 193-211 AD. Æ 31mm (10.65 gm). AVT KAI L CEP CEOV P CEB, laureate head right / RABBAQM W QEOC APHC, cult statue of Ares, bearing weapons, set upon basis set on plinth. Spijkerman 8/2; Rosenberger 3. VF, desert patina. Actually one of the best preserved examples of this normally atrociously struck coinage, with virtually complete legible inscriptions. ($250)