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91, Lot: 115. Estimate $300.
Sold for $430. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

CORINTHIA, Corinth. Hadrian. 117-138 AD. Æ 21mm (6.68 gm). Laureate bust right, drapery at shoulder / COL LAV IVL COR, fountain in the form of a meta sudans (turning post in stadium). See Price and Trell fig.113 for identical reverse type under Domitian. BCD 632; SNG Copenhagen -. Near VF, brown and green patina, earthen highlights. Very Rare.

The Meta Sudans in Rome was a monumental fountain conceived as part of the Colosseum complex planned by Titus, and appears on his famous Colosseum sestertius. There is no documentary or archaeological evidence for such a fountain in Corinth, but it would have been appropriate for the site of the Isthmian games.