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Sale: Triton VIII, Lot: 746. Estimate $6000. 
Closing Date: Monday, 10 January 2005. 
Sold For $5000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THRACE, Perinthus. Caracalla. 198-217 AD. Æ Medallion (41mm, 32.89 gm, 7h). AYT K M AVP CEOVHP ANTWNINOC AVG, laureate and cuirassed bust right, cuirass decorated with aegis, holding spear over shoulder with left hand / PERINQIWN NEWKO RW N, two octastyle temples seen in perspective, two prize crowns and AKTIA PUQI A above. Schönert-Geiss, Perinthus 601; BMC Thrace pg. 153, 43; SNG Copenhagen 746 var. (bust type); SNG Hunterian 849 (same dies). Good VF, flan crack, smooth dark green patina. ($6000)

Perinthus apparently put on a grand display for Caracalla as the emperor made his way eastward to confront the Persians. The city staged a dual festival, hosting both Actian and Pythian Games for the visitors.