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156281. Sold For $795

KINGS of BOSPORUS. Rhescuporis II, with Caracalla. 211-227 AD. AV Stater (19mm, 7.75 gm, 12h). Dated BE 513 (216/7 AD). BACILEWC PHCKOVPORIDOC, diademed and draped bust of Rhescuporis right; ornate trident in front / Laureate and draped bust of emperor right; date below. MacDonald 556/3; Anokhin 633b; Frolova pg. 202 D/e. Good VF.

From the year 503 (206/07 AD), the reverse imperial portrait was a bearded head that clearly was meant to represent the mature Caracalla. Starting in year 513 (21/17 AD), however, the bust changes to a beardless draped bust with more indeterminate features. Perhaps most of Rhescuporis' year 513 staters were struck after the overthrow of Caracalla in April, 217, and the Bosporans chose a neutral, unidentifiable imperial portrait as a expedient.