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Sale: Triton IX, Lot: 1531. Estimate $3000. 
Closing Date: Monday, 9 January 2006. 
Sold For $3250. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

MACRINUS. 217-218 AD. Æ 29mm (18.19 g, 12h). Byblus mint. [A]VT KAI MA-KPINOC CEB, laureate and cuirassed bust right, seen from front / IEPAC above, BVB/LOV in two lines in exergue, temple precinct of Aphrodite: conical cult baetyl of Aphrodite surrounded by ornate fence, all within colonnaded court, below, stairway leading to entrance; to left, distyle temple open left, containing lighted altar, stairway, and acrostolium decorated with trefoil, the whole viewed in aerial perspective; six-rayed star in exergue. J. Rouvier, "Numismatique des villes de la Phénicie," JIAN 4, 697; SNG Copenhagen -; BMC Phoenicia 37-38; Price & Trell 713. EF, dark olive patina. Rare and desirable architectural type. ($3000)