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143, Lot: 136. Estimate $150.
Sold for $90. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

CAPPADOCIA, Caesarea(?). Trajan. AD 98-117. AR Tridrachm (23mm, 10.38 g). Dated Cos. 6 (AD 112-114). Laureate bust right, slight drapery on far shoulder / Legionary aquila flanked by two standards, the one on the left topped with a wreath, the right with a hand. Metcalf, Caesarea pp. 148-9; Sydenham, Caesarea 225; SNG ANS 1163 (Bostra); Kindler p. 97. VF, a little porous.

W. Metcalf, on the basis of hoard evidence, rejects the traditional attribution of this coin type to Caesarea in Cappadocia. He suggests the mint of Bostra in Arabia. However, Ari Kindler in his monograph on the coinage of Bostra sees no evidence for it being from Arabia. The piece remains in limbo.